The first day is finished and not surprisingly, Dustin Johnson is at the top of the leaderboard with an eagle on his 18th hole. Many of other notables are in the hunt, however there are many unknowns making their voices heard.
As I previously said, I am hoping for any Canadian to win this year and surprisingly it is an amateur, Jared du Toit, tied for third that is leading the charge for the Red and White! As I peruse the leaderboard, one Canadian name jumped out at me and I exclaimed: “Hey, I know that guy!”A couple of years ago, I attended a golf clinic at The Wildfire Golf Club hosted by PGA Tour Canada for serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. When we arrived we were introduced to Devin Daniels, Wills Smith, Drew Evans, Steve Carney, Adam Cornelson, Greg Machtaler, Peter Campbell and Daniel McCarthy who graciously stopped preparing for their professional event to help golfing wannabees improve their game!
The name that caught my attention was Adam Cornelson. Adam turned pro in 2011 and plays on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada. He is 3rd on the money list with one win at Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist. This 29-year-old professional hails from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, and is following his dream.
It is Adam’s first time playing in the Canadian Open and is currently tied for 97th with a +3. I remember Adam as a pleasant, knowledgeable player who patiently helped many of the military duffers.
Adam spent about 10 minutes with me working on my 7-iron. At the end of our quick session I came away with two important points to remember. First, 80% power is good enough and usually results in greater distance with all my clubs. And second, ensure I club head follows my intended line during the follow through. Both of these lessons have helped me shave strokes of my game and I am grateful for Adam’s tutelage.
Now that I actually know one of the players, Adam Cornelson brings a personal touch to the RBC Canadian Open! Today, I will be rooting for Adam to first make the cut and them work his way up the leaderboard! Good luck Adam and remember to always be grateful.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!