I went to the 2019 Canadian Open for the Saturday. It was being held about an hour from my house, at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. No one around here actually calls it “Hamilton Golf and Country Club” though, it’s actually referred to as “Ancaster” for the town just outside of Hamilton in which it’s located.
Above is an area set up next to “The Rink”. The Rink is what they called the par-3 13th, and around the tee they set up barriers that look like hockey boards. I guess it’s supposed to be the Canadian version of the 16th at the Phoenix Open. It was pretty rowdy, and there were lots of chants of “Let’s Go Raptors”. In fact, Canadian golfer Mackenzie Hughes put on a Raptor jersey after he teed off on 13.
We walked most of the course. When we arrived Bubba Watson was starting out on the first hole. The we walked the front nine in reverse, so we could see all of the holes and more golfers, so that we could be back by the first tee to watch Dustin Johnson, and then Brooks Koepka tee off.
We got back in time when DJ was just hitting a few putts before he went to the first tee. There was no sign of Wayne or Paulina Gretzky.
After DJ and Koepka teed off (they weren’t playing together, but were separated by a few groups) we went over by the range. There we saw one of the strangest golf swings ever done by a pro, but very common among poorer players. We saw Padraig Harrington, who had missed the cut, on the range practicing and hitting ball after ball keeping both his feet flat on the ground.
We also watched Brian Harman warm up, hitting driver after driver and his tee never moved. He didn’t pick it up or re-set it, he just took the next ball and set it back on the tee. And he hit probably a dozen in a row.
The tenth tee was next to the concession stand at the practice range, so after a quick break for lunch we watched a few groups tee off there. There was a lot of elevation changes on this course, with the majority of the holes with elevated tees.
One of the notable players who came thru was Jimmy Walker.
After walking the back nine we set up at the tee of the par-5 17th so we could watch everyone hit drivers.
Here was DJ and Furyk
And then later on was Koepka, look at the shaft bend on his downswing.
We walked the back nine backwards, and then set up at the 14th tee to wait for Rory. You had to wait for Rory to come to you as he had the biggest crowds following him.
Rory stuck one close on the 13th and the crowd went bonkers. He didn’t make it, but it was still pretty exciting. Here he is on the 14th tee.
Then we made our way to the 18th tee. From there you could watch the 13th green and also the approaches and putts on the 17th. That’s also where I took the pictures of the zamboni and Mackenzie Hughes with the Raptor jersey. We waited for Rory to get through to 18 tee and then followed him up the hole on our way out. Here he is on the 18th green.
And that was it for the day. We were there from 9am until after 5pm. We didn’t stick around for the concert series to watch the Glorious Sons.
I’m glad I put on some sunscreen.