Rory McIlroy has performed in some nice environments all through his PGA Tour profession, however this week on the RBC Canadian Open needs to be up there. The 14th gap at Oakdale Golf and Nation Membership is called “The Rink,” and it rivals a number of the greatest scenes in golf.
On the tee field, three of the 4 sides of it are lined with followers behind closed railings. They chant, beat on the facet boards, and are the rowdiest bunch on the course. These followers get there early and keep.
If a participant hits a poor shot, they’ll boo, but when the golfer hits an excellent shot, cheers could be heard in the US. Sound acquainted — it barely mimics the sixteenth Stadium gap at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Administration Phoenix Open. McIlroy says there is a distinction, although.
“The one factor Harry (Diamond) stated to me strolling up 14 — he stated, ‘Thank God that the folks in Phoenix aren’t this near the tee field as they’re right here,'” McIlroy stated after his third spherical. “So there’s simply the correct amount of individuals for the way shut they’re. However, yeah, it is numerous enjoyable, it creates an excellent environment and enjoyable to be part of.”
In Arizona, the followers are up in stadium seats, however in Canada, they’re just some ft from the gamers. Whereas bringing comparable crowds, having followers proper on prime of you has to offer the gamers a jolt of adrenaline.
The crowds have been deafening as he approached the tee field, however as soon as he addressed his ball, they rapidly went silent to offer him respect. As quickly as he hit, although, the cheers doubled to point out the back-to-back champion of the RBC Canadian Open some love.
The “We wish Rory” and “Rory, Rory, Rory” chants from “The Rink” on Saturday painted fairly the setting that solely a Ryder Cup or Arizona environment may match. It’s unmistakable; the Canadians love the Northern Irishman.
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