Well... Since you last heard from me quite a lot has changed here at the club.  The course was closed to all play from late last week until Sunday afternoon.  (That means that our members and their guests were no longer coming in after six or nine holes to reload on Titleist golf balls because they lost all theirs in the six inch rough.)  All of the grand stands and corporate tents are now up and operational.  The hole signs and fan barriers went in over the last few days and all seem to be fully functional now.  Driving into work this morning was actually an erie feeling with the course fully ready, all the stands up, the driving range fenced in with white picket, and only me and my car on the premises.  

You may have heard some of the names that RBC announced as committed to play.  It is shaping up to be quite the list.  Names like, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane, Geoff Ogilvy, Hunter Mahan, and the list goes on.  All told this is shaping up to be not only one of the best Canadian Open fields in many a year, but also one of the best fields of the 2011 PGA Tour schedule.  The players coming from the Open Championship are arrived into Vancouver around 11:00pm on Sunday evening on the charter flight and should be set to begin the pro-am on Monday morning.

For those of us in the golf shop we are still hard at work getting the retail merchandise ready.  We have pretty much run out of days to transform our shop as well as set up two additional retail sites on the course.  It is a big task, but things are starting to look pretty awesome!  Take a look at some of the new cool pics of the sights around Shaughnessy.

Hope to see you on site this week!

 

Regards,

Lindsay Bernakevitch

A look at the signs for the holes.  Here's what the players will be faced with right out of the gates on Thursday.

 

#16 - Short Par 4.  Players should be landing their tee shots just past the patch of rough on the right side.  Plenty of birdie opportunities expected on here this week.

 

#18 - 472 yard Par 4.  Here is the players view from the tee.  You can see the grandstands that I've shown you over the past few weeks are finally complete.

There's nothing quite like an Open Championship.

Case in point: Titleist Brand Ambassador Gary Woodland's tee shot Friday on the downwind 419-yard par-4 fifth hole at Royal St. George's, brought to our attention thanks to a Tweet from golf writer Scott Michaux.

Gary's Pro V1 golf ball sailed over the green, which is one way of avoiding all of the dangers links golf and Royal St. George's (pot bunkers, tight fairways, fescue grass, etc.) have to offer.

"I feel like you keep it around level par this week you're going to have a good chance," Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy told the media after Round 1.

Of course, Open Championships also make for fantastic scenery...

Check out the slideshow below for some great photos from the days leading up to the start of the tournament, many of them thanks to our friends in the Titleist Tour Support Vehicle. (Other photos by Getty Images.)

Enjoy the weekend!

 

 Following Titleist Brand Ambassador Rory McIlroy's historic display of power and precision last month at the U.S. Open at Congressional, ESPN's "Sport Science" had one question:

How does he get so much out of that 5-foot-9, 161-pound frame?

According to Dr. Greg Rose of the Titleist Performance Institute, it's all in the hips.

Check out the above video, in which Greg helps the "Sport Science" team break down Rory's hip action, which includes an "extremely rare" reverse hip rotation.

Many thanks to ESPN and TPI for sharing this with Team Titleist.

It was a 1-2-T3 Titleist Brand Ambassadors finish at the John Deere Classic, as Steve Stricker sank a 25-foot birdie putt from off the 18th green to win the event for the third straight year.  Stricker becomes just the 10th golfer since World War II to win a tournament three straight times. 

For Kyle Stanley, the runner up performance marks his first top-10 and best career finish on the PGA Tour.

Kingston, ON, Canada native, Matt McQuillan also notched his first career top-10 finish on Tour, firing a final round 8-under 64 to tie Zach Johnson for third place at 17-under 267.  McQuillian used Pro V1, 910D3 driver, 910F fairways metals, new CB prototype irons and Vokey Design pitch, sand and lob wedges. 

Click on the image above to read more about Matt McQuillan's performance at the John Deere Classic courtesy of Flagstick Magazine editor Scott MacLeod...

 



Nick Watney's initial testing session with new Prototype AP2 (712 series) irons:


Sights and sounds (and more player reaction), Part 2:


Six days before winning the AT&T National, Titleist Brand Ambassador Nick Watney was hard at work on the range at Aronimink Golf Club on a rainy, muggy day in Philadelphia, testing his new Prototype Titleist AP2 irons (712 series) for the first time.

Nick later brought the new prototype irons out on the course for further testing.

The following afternoon, after playing in the Wednesday Pro-Am, Nick stopped by the Titleist Tour Van to let the team know his previous set of irons could be shipped home.

He was one of 19 players that had new Prototype Titleist AP1, AP2, CB or MB (712 series) irons in the bag on the first tee Thursday at Aronimink, just 54 hours after the seeding and tour validation process for the new prototype irons had begun.

Team Titleist happened to be hanging out on the range Tuesday when Nick hit his first shots with the new prototype irons. You can watch some of Nick's initial testing and reactions in the above video.

Below that, we've posted our second installment of sights and sounds from the week at Aronimink, which includes more initial reactions from the following Titleist Brand Ambassadors: Gary Woodland (MB), Bill Haas (CB), Ben Curtis (AP1), Jimmy Walker (MB), Rickie Fowler (MB), Graham DeLaet (MB/CB), Brendon de Jonge (AP2), Greg Chalmers (CB) and Troy Matteson (CB).

And in case you missed any of last week's updates, we've provided links to all them below:
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