Todd Lewis - July 27, 2012


Scott Piercy shot a course record 62 in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open and when he spoke to Piercy after the round, Lewis found out that he is becoming more and more comfortable on the leaderboard. He is a very streaky player but when he is playing well, he plays very well and more confidence on the course could lead to him being in contention more often. Greg Owen got off to a good start as well but he is playing with an injured hand which hurts to the point that he does not feel comfortable hitting down on his iron shots. Owen has been working on his putting with Golf Channel Analyst Tripp Isenhour recently and Owen feels that he is putting much better than earlier this year.

Ernie Els arrived in Canada on Tuesday but was only able to play five practice holes on Wednesday before the start of the tournament. Els has admitted that it has been very hectic since he won The Open Championship but he is trying to play well and regain the rhythm that he had during the final round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He was unsuccessful in doing that on Thursday but he hopes to play better on Friday and make the cut.

Charl Schwartzel has struggled with injuries in 2012 and his most recent injury involved a pulled muscle and torn cartilage suffered during the U.S. Open. He tried to play through the pulled muscle at The Olympic Club and that is how he tore cartilage around his ribs. When you are injured, you have to allow time to heal before returning to competition and Schwartzel says that he now feels well enough to compete again and his golf on Thursday seemed to confirm that.

The anchored putter has been a hot topic in Canada ever since Peter Dawson of the R&A hinted that the R&A and USGA may make it illegal beginning in 2016. Many players who are against anchoring the putter do not understand why these organizations are all of a sudden trying to outlaw this method when it has been legal for decades. Jim Furyk, who is a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board, has hinted that if those organizations indeed make the long putter illegal, the PGA TOUR may decide to go against the USGA and R&A and keep the long putter legal. Vijay Singh hinted that equipment companies may band together and sue the organizations if the long putter is outlawed because they have invested lots of money and time in producting long putters which as of now are legal.