*Image credit: Golf Canada/Bernard Brault
July 25th, 2014 – Montreal, Quebec (VIGolf.ca) – For the second straight year, Victoria’s Kevin Carrigan teed it up at the RBC Canadian Open. The full time financial advisor, earned the exemption after winning the 2013 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship for the second consecutive year. Carrigan entered this week as the 5th ranked amateur in Canada, and the 108th best amateur in the world.
With his father on his bag and his family following along side, Carrigan kicked off his tournament at 8:50 Thursday morning with Kevin Tway who is the son of former PGA Tour player Bob Tway, and Miguel Angel Carballo of Argentina.
Carrigan, pared his first hole, only to drop a shot on two. He then went on a three hole par streak before picking up his first birdie of the day on six to get back to even par for the day. He pared seven, eight, and nine to make the turn at E par.
His back nine started with four straight pars before making birdies on 14 and 15 to move him -2 for the day and put him in a tie for 19th place. He was -2 going into the par 3 17th. His tee shot was left short and landed on the right front side of the green. The pin was cut at the back left about 8ft from the fringe. He hit a good putt that but, where to pin was in relation to his ball he had to deal with a nasty down hill putt. With good speed, he left his put a little short before missing his par putt and making bogey.
Trying to make up the his lost stroke on seventeen, Carrigan opted to use driver off of the tee and got a little agressive and ended up hitting it a tad left and into a water hazard that lined the left side of the fairway on the par four 455 yard hole. He dropped in the rough, and hit is apprach shot left the pin into a left side green bunker. His bunker shot was successful which set him up for an easy putt for bogey.
He finished the round with a driving accuracy of 79%. His greens in regulation (G.I.R.) was 66%, while his driving average for the day was 281, with his longest drive of the day being 308 yards.
“I played well for the most, this being my second PGA Tour event, I dealt with my emotions better thn the previous year, and I was more relaxed. I would have liked to get those bogies back on 17 and 18, but I’m happy the way I played.
Carrigan, tees off his second round at 2:05, and will be paired again with Kevin Tway, and Miguel Angel Carballo.