Jul 14, 2019

Breakthrough Golf Stability Shaft Installation Video on Seemore Platinum M5 HT Mallet Putter

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  7/14/2019 08:19:00 AM   No comments
So much emphasis is placed on getting the right type of shaft in your irons and your driver. I was intrigued about what Breakthrough Golf Stability Shaft was doing so we got SeeMore Putters involved and got a custom install done on a Platinum M5 HT Mallet Putter. Here's the video of the install. So far I can see why they call this the Stability Shaft. It's solid and definitely instills confidence in your putting stroke. State tuned for more insight.

Jul 4, 2019

Defending champion Brooke Henderson leads star-studded field of early commitments to 2019 CP Women's Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  7/04/2019 08:42:00 PM   No comments

Amazing to see the early commitments for this years CP Women's Open which runs from August 19-25 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. Obviously everyone will be pulling for defending champion Brooke Henderson but with fan favourites Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang everyone who attends will be in for a real treat. At this moment I'll be attending as media just not sure which days. Stay tuned.

Press Release

CP Has Heart charity campaign to benefit SickKids Foundation in support of pediatric cardiac care
Second annual CP Women’s Leadership Summit to kick off tournament week

AURORA, Ont. – Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor Canadian Pacific (CP), has announced that many of the world’s top players have committed to compete in the 2019 CP Women’s Open from August 19-25 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.

Leading the charge is defending champion and world no. 6 Brooke Henderson of Smith’s Falls, Ont. who made history at Wascana Country Club in Regina last year becoming the first Canadian since Jocelyne Bourassa 45 years earlier to win Canada’s National Women’s Open. Henderson, currently 5th on the 2019 LPGA Money List has won two LPGA Tour events in 2019 and her nine career LPGA Tour wins are the most for any Canadian professional golfer on the LPGA or PGA TOUR.

The early player commitments to challenge for the $2.25 million USD purse—one of the largest prizes on the LPGA Tour—will include golf’s brightest stars along with rising talents in Canadian golf. Among the early player commitments are 16 of the top 20 players from the 2019 LPGA Official Money list along with seven past CP Women’s Open champions.

Brooke winning the 2018 CP Women’s Open in historic fashion was an incredible moment for Canadian golf and there is a tremendous momentum leading into Magna Golf Club as we bring Canada’s National Women’s Open back to the Greater Toronto Area for the first time in nearly 20 years,” said CP Women’s Open Tournament Director Ryan Paul. “Our early player commitments are trending towards welcoming one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour that will deliver a spectacular world-class event.”

Early Player Commitments: Henderson is one of seven past CP Women’s Open champions confirmed for Magna including Sung Hyun Park (2017), Ariya Jutanugarn (2016), So Yeon Ryu (2014), Katherine Kirk (2008), Cristie Kerr (2006) and three-time winner Lydia Ko (2015, 2013, 2012) who will be chasing a record fourth CP Women’s Open title. 

Henderson, currently ranked no. 5 on the LPGA Tour Money List, will be among 16 of the current top-20 players on the 2019 LPGA Money List confirmed for Magna including Jeongeun Lee6 (1), Jin Young Ko (2), Lexi Thompson (3), Sung Hyun Park (4) Minjee Lee (6), Nelly Korda (7), Hannah Green (8), Danielle Kang (9), So Yeon Ryu (10), Sei Young Kim (11), Eun Hee Ji (12), Nasa Hataoka (13), Angel Yin (15), Amy Yang (17) and Azahara Munoz (19). 

Golf Canada has also extended a tournament exemption to former Canadian Women’s Amateur champion (2017) Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster, Colo., who earlier this year won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The former Wake Forest University standout was the top-ranked amateur in the world prior to turning professional earlier this summer. An exemption into the CP Women’s Open (as well as the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship where applicable) will be extended annually to the winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.  

Canadians in the Mix:Henderson also headlines the early list of Canadians set to compete at Magna Golf Club. She will be joined by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured member and fellow CP ambassador Lorie Kane, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour. Kane will be competing in Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship for a record 29th consecutive time. Other Canadians include LPGA Tour members Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., Jaclyn Lee of Calgary and Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City. The six Canucks will be joined by several more Canadian professional and amateur golfers to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The 156 golfers teeing-it-up at Magna Golf Club will represent one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour with more than 90 of the top 100 players on the LPGA Tour Official Money List expected to compete.

The 2019 CP Women’s Open will mark only the second time since 2001 (won by golf legend Annika Sorenstam at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham) that Canada’s National Women’s Open has been contested in the Greater Toronto Area.  

CP Has Heart Charity Campaign to Benefit the SickKids Foundation: 

Canadian Pacific  and Golf Canada are proud to support SickKids Foundation in Toronto as the primary charity partner for the 2019 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Funds raised through the CP Women’s Open will go towards renovating a Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids. In addition, CP is also proud to support the tournament host community in 2019 with a donation of $250,000 to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont. to support paediatric cardiac care. In the five years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $8.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada. 

CP Women’s Leadership Summit to Kick off Tournament Week: 

Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific will host the second annual CP Women’s Leadership Summit on Tuesday, August 20 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North in Richmond Hill, Ont. as part of the weeklong excitement of the 2019 CP Women’s Open. The CP Women’s Leadership Summit will bring together like-minded businesswomen from across the country for a day of networking, empowerment and philanthropy. The Summit will also raise awareness for the CP Women’s Open, with attendees receiving access to the tournament during the week.

The business panel of the summit will consist of three businesswomen at the top of their respective fields. Maeghan Albiston, Assistant Vice-President of Investor Relations & Pensions at CP, Anne Simard, Chief Mission & Research Officer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Jennifer Tory, Chief Administrative Officer of RBC will all be part of the panel. A new addition to the leadership summit in 2019 is the athlete panel which will feature four accomplished Canadian Olympians—speed skater Anastasia Bucsis, soccer goalkeeper Karina Leblanc, multi-sport star Georgia Simmerling and two-time ice hockey gold medalist Natalie Spooner. Roberta Bowman, Chief Brand & Communications Officer of the LPGA, will join the CP Women’s Leadership Summit as the keynote speaker while Rogers Sportsnet Central Co-Anchor Evanka Osmak will act as the emcee and moderator for the event. 

For more information about the CP Women’s Leadership Summit, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.cpwomensopen.com/wls.  

KIDS 12-AND-UNDER GET IN FREE…Golf Canada and CP are committed to offering a fan friendly, family event with the CP Women’s Open. To introduce more juniors to the sport, children aged 12-and-under get FREE admission to the CP Women’s Open for the entire week.

ABOUT THE 2019 CP WOMEN'S OPENThe stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women’s Open from August 19-25, 2019 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. The CP Women’s Open is proud to name the SickKids Foundation as the official tournament charity for 2019. Funds raised will be dedicated to paediatric cardiology space as well as specialized equipment and are being matched by CP through its CP Has Heart community program. The CP Women’s Open, Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by CP, Audi, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Golf Town, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Coca-Cola, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.cpwomensopen.com, or call 1-866-571-5742.

ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFICCanadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP  provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

ABOUT GOLF CANADAGolf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 319,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our vision is to be a world leader in golf. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.

Jun 24, 2019

Can Rory McIlroy win another major in front of a home crowd?

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/24/2019 05:50:00 AM   No comments

He may now live stateside with his American wife, but there’s no doubt that Rory McIlroy will receive a hero’s welcome when he returns to his native Northern Ireland to compete in The Open Championship next month. Held at Royal Portrush Golf Course for the first time since 1951, what a return it would be for McIlroy if he went on to win the major for a second time, and the first time in front of a home crowd. You’ll find McIlroy at odds of 7/1F in Open Championship betting odds, with Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods behind him on 9s.

Previous success on Dunluce
McIlroy has already teed up on Dunluce Links, the course on which the Open is being played. At the age of 16, he arrived fresh out of school and was chasing a spot on the Walker Cup team. The course record at the time was 64, and he managed to surpass it, with a competitive score of 61. Two years later, he made the Walker Cup team and turned professional – and as they say, the rest is history.

While the course has undergone a number of changes in the years since, including increasing in length by 130 yards, 10 new bunkers and the creation of two new holes, McIlroy is confident in his ability to return to home soil as champion:

“I shot 62 at Quail Hollow in 2010 on the old set-up and then they went and redesigned it and I went back in 2015 and shot 61 on the new course.

“Hopefully the same things happen at Royal Portrush. I hold the record on the old course, but it would be special to come back to The Open and break it on the new one”.

Lifting the Claret Jug at Hoylake
It was in 2014 that McIlroy last won the Open Championship, with the competition being held at Royal Liverpool that year. It’s his only Open win to date. In fact, since his (second) victory in the PGA Championship that same year, in August, McIlroy is yet to add to his major championship tally.

The 2014 Open saw McIlroy hold a lead over his opponents after every round of putting and he was triumphant over Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia by two strokes with both golfers T2.

On winning, McIlroy said: "It wasn't easy - there were a few guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused. To win three legs of the Grand Slam at 25 is a pretty big achievement”.

He has since remained one major win away from a career Grand Slam – The Masters the only tournament to evade him.

Skipping the European Tour
Earlier this year, McIlroy caused controversy when he revealed he wouldn’t be participating in the Irish Open, as well as only competing in the minimum required number of European Tour events to maintain his membership and ensure he remains eligible for the Ryder Cup. His reasoning behind the decision was to keep himself fresh and in the best possible stead for success at the Open in Portrush. Despite this, he is set to tee-off at the Scottish Open which takes place the week before the third major of the calendar year. Speaking to BBC Sport Northern Ireland, he said: "If I was to play the Irish Open, The Open Championship would be my third event in a row.

"For me, that's not the best way to prepare for what could be the biggest event of my life.
"I never thought I would play a major in Northern Ireland. It would be the biggest achievement of my career if I was able to win it".

Jun 15, 2019

Takeaways From My 3 Days At 2019 RBC Canadian Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/15/2019 03:33:00 PM   No comments
It was a busy three days at the RBC Canadian Open; returned late Sunday and back to my regular jobs Monday. I've finally had a chance to decompress and here's some takeaways from my time walking around Hamilton Golf and Country Club:

  • If it wasn't going to be a Canadian to win the Canadian Championship (a Canadian hasn't won since 1954) Rory McIlroy was definitely the 2nd choice and he didn't disappoint as huge crowds followed him all week and scores of 64 and 61 on the weekend pretty much annihilated the rest of the field.

  • Hamilton Golf and Country Club is an amazing old golf course (1894 -18 holes designed by Harry Colt in 1914). Although Rory's winning score of -22 was very low the course wasn't easy and challenged the players all week.

  • There were many new fans watching the PGA Tour live for the first time at Hamilton. Including some family and friends who absolutely loved their first PGA Tour golf experience. From the golf (#TheRink was awesome) to the food and the entertainment (Florida Georgia Line on Friday Night) to all the merchandise they bought. Sounds like they'll be back whether it's at St. George's next year or wherever. RBCCO was definitely a smashing success.

Jun 10, 2019

Rory McIlroy Wins 2019 RBC Canadian Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/10/2019 10:24:00 PM   No comments

I knew watching Rory McIlroy bomb his drive 353 yards down the first fairway Sunday at Hamilton Golf and Country Club and then almost subsequently canning it from 42 yds. We were going to be in for a special day of golf from Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. Who would of thought it was going to be so special. With Rory firing a round of 61 and winning his 16th PGA Tour title; the Canadian Championship. Can't wait to see him next year at  St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

Rory endears himself more by donning a Raptors jersey after winning 2019 RBC Canadian Open.(Photo from Golf Canada)

Press Release

HAMILTON, Ont. — Using a loonie as his ball marker, Rory McIlroy fired a final round 9-under par 61 to win Canada’s National Open Championship, the RBC Canadian Open in his first appearance.

McIlroy’s 22-under-par 258 is the lowest 72-hole score ever carded at the RBC Canadian Open. The previous record of 263 was held by Johnny Palmer (1952), Scott Piercy (2012) and Tim Clark (2014). His final round 61 is also the best final round at the 110-year-old event, breaking the record of 62 held by Andy Bean (1983).

The 30-year-old entered Sunday’s final round sharing the lead with Americans Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson. He started his round by lipping-out a chip for eagle on the first hole, en route to birding four of his first five holes. With the win the Northern Irishman claimed his 16th PGA TOUR title.

“It’s been a while since I played like this and sort of put my foot down, but it was so nice to do it today,” said McIlroy. “I’m very proud of what I’ve done today. Hopefully this sets up well for the rest of the year, too.”

McIlroy becomes only the sixth player to win the career Triple Crown, having won the U.S. Open in 2011 and The Open Championship in 2014. He joins an exclusive club that includes Tommy Armour, Walter Hagen, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods.

“The reception from the Canadian crowds have been incredible this week,” added McIlroy. “They couldn’t have been any better. They’ve been so welcoming all week. I can’t wait to come back next year.”

McIlroy is the first golfer to win the RBC Canadian Open on his first attempt since Chez Reavie in 2008 and the first European to capture the title since Sweden’s Carl Pettersson in 2010.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and American Web Simpson finished tied for second at 15-under par 265 for the tournament. Americans Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker finished tied for 4th at 13-under.

Adam Hadwin fired an even-par 70 in the final round, finishing as the low Canadian at 12-under par 268 on the tournament. Hadwin was awarded the Rivermead Cup for the fourth time of his career as low Canadian.

“The crowd was amazing all week,” said Hadwin. “That reception coming up 18 was something special. I pictured it with being a few more [strokes] under earlier in the week, but they were amazing. I’m just disappointed I couldn’t get it done in front of them.”

By virtue of his sixth-place finish, Hadwin qualifies for the 2019 Open Championship being held July 14-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Also earning an exemption in the Open Championship was Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell. New for 2019, the RBC Canadian Open is included in The Open Qualifying Series. Up to three players who are not already exempt earned places in the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush

The 2020 RBC Canadian Open is being held at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto from June 8 to 14.

Jun 9, 2019

Rory McIlroy Surges, Adam Hadwin Canada’s Hope RBC Canadian Open Saturday Update

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/09/2019 09:28:00 AM   No comments

Amazing Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open as huge crowds followed the last 7 groups with Rory McIlroy surging to the top of the leaderboard with a bogey free round of 6 under par 64. Rory’s loving his first visit to Canada’s National Open Golf Championship.

“It’s probably the best atmosphere I’ve played in a long time,” said McIlroy. “The Canadian fans really come out and support this event this event. That 13th Hole there [The Rink] is pretty cool. I think what they’ve been able to do here is right on the limit of fun, but still in keeping with the traditions of the game, so I think it’s been awesome. I’ve had a wonderful reception from everyone and just exited to get to play in front of them again tomorrow. “

BC’s Adam Hadwin is one shot back of McIlroy, Webb Simpson, and Matt Kuchar with three back nine birdies and huge support from the crowds. Canadians Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes are 8 and 9 under.

Sunday is going to be one awesome day of golf at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Jun 8, 2019

Canadians Positioned Well For Weekend At RBC Canadian Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/08/2019 08:47:00 AM   No comments
Wow what a fun day covering the RBC Canadian Open. Four Canadians in the top 10 after 36 holes. Not bad as the pressure will ramp up for the weekend for the Canadians. Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin, Ben Silverman and Mackenzie Hughes all have a legitimate shot at claiming the Canadian major the first since 1954. Saturday being Red and White day at the RBC Canadian Open fans will be supporting the Canadians in the field in throngs. As Friday crowds were amazing.

I got a chance to follow a bunch of groups including Mackenzie Hughes, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka all finished strong but no stronger then Tennessee own Brandt Snedeker who shot a 60 to tie the lowest round ever recorded at the RBC Canadian Open. Ben Silverman carded a 9 under par 61 which tied the lowest round ever recorded by a Canadian at Canada’s National Championship. 

Mackenzie Hughes on the par 3 #8 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club

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