*Image credit: Golf Canada/Bernard Brault
July 26th, 2014 – Montreal, Quebec (VIGolf.ca) – Despite a solid, first round that at one point had Kevin Carrigan in a tie for nineteenth position before stumbling late in the round to finish at even par. He entered the second round at even par. Round two however, proved challenging. After an errant tee shot that lead to a double bogey to start his second round. He would go on to bogey the second which would leave Carrigan behind the eight ball all day.
“Needless to say I got off to a rough start, the first tee shot of the day went into the water, and then from there actually I hit a really nice shot that air mailed the green and ended up making double. Missed a chance to the save par on the second hole so I was three over after two holes and it’s tough knowing that you’re behind the eight ball when you know what the cut is going to be at.”
At the time Carrigan teed off his second round, the cut line was bouncing between -1 and even par. With his family and friends following along side, Carrigan hit a perfect tee shot on 12 (his third hole of the day) which gave him a good angle to attack the par 5 570 yard hole. He made a good argessive swing, and landed the ball within 5 feet from the pin giving him a nice look at eagle which he would convert and get him back to one over par for the day.
He pared thirteen and fourteen, before giving two strokes back on the par three 16th. He leaked his tee shot a little left which just avoided water hazard on the left side of the fairway. After searching for his ball briefly, Carrigan would find his ball in the tall rough with an awkward up hill lie. He tried to finesse the shot safely to green only pull his shot to the other side of the hazard. After it was all said and done Kevin would make a double bogey which to put him back to 3 over for the day. He would make par at 17, and bogey 18 to make the turn at +5.
He pared holes one, two, and three before making a bogies on four and five. That would be the end of his bogies for the day as he played his last four holes of the day at -2 to finish his second round and the tournament at +5.
“Putter was cold and I just didn’t make anything. I had a lot of chances but I couldn’t buy a putt today. I started to get it going near the end but it was a little too late.”
This is the second year in a row that Carrigan played in the RBC Canadian Open. Both the his RBC Canadian Open exemptions came from his Canadian Mid-Am titles.
“I felt like I learnt a lot. I feel that this year was a completely different experience for me having played last year. I felt a lot more comfortable and wasn’t really nervous at all. I was rattled but all I can really say is that these guy’s out here are really good. I’m a solid amateur player, but these guy’s are at the top of their trade.
Carrigan’s full round score cards can be found here.