OAKVILLE, ONTARIO | Chills.
They hit Jared du Toit as soon as he arrived at the first tee on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. The crowd roared before the announcer could even utter du Toit’s name, and the young golfer’s nerves were evident as he prepared to hit his opening tee shot.
“I pulled the 3-wood out … just to better my chances of hitting the face,” du Toit explained.
That’s understandable. The 21-year-old amateur from Kimberley, B.C., was trying to do something only guys with names like Weir, Hearn and Hadwin have threatened in recent years – to win Canada’s national championship.
But those players were all pros with varying levels of experience. The young Canadian doesn’t have their pedigree. He came to Glen Abbey Golf Club with no expectations. That’s not surprising – it was only the second professional tournament he’d played in, as he’ll head back to Arizona State this fall as a senior. He got into the tournament because of a sponsor exemption, and he’d never seen Glen Abbey, the perennial home of the event, before last Monday. He didn’t have a caddie, and to top it off, he was a bit under the weather.
And yes, he had a sniff at the lead at varying points, and started the final round in a tie for second place, in the mix with superstars like Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker. It was a fairy-tale tournament that didn’t quite end in a legendary finish. ….. READ FULL ARTICLE