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Chris Baryla New Canadian Golf Super Star

As a professional golfer on the PGA Tour we are very fortunate to travel to many of the most beautiful locations around the globe. I feel both fortunate and proud to say that I am yet to find somewhere that can compete with my hometown of Vernon, B.C. in the Okanagan Valley.

My favorite attribute of the area is the nearly endless opportunity for outdoor activity. Hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, camping, great golf and award winning wineries are all accessible less than 30 minutes from where I grew up. My personal favorite is the Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park recreation area. Its miles of trails, beautiful vistas and pure sand beaches make for the perfect reprieve after a couple months of travelling and competition.

When it comes to hitting the links, Predator Ridge Golf Resort is second to none with 36 holes of golf as well as the world renowned Sparkling Hill Spa. I was fortunate enough to play and practise at Predator Ridge as a junior golfer and my wife Amelie and I spent time at the onsite hotel while I recovered from my 2010 hip surgery. If you want to save time in your day for other activities, or meet my mother (she plays with friends two or three times a week) Hillview Golf is where I polished my short game as a youngster. Hillview’s 18 holes play to a par 56 so there will be plenty of daylight left for an afternoon wine tour or horseback ride.

Vernon is an amazing place for all seasons. Whether I’m on the lake during the summer with friends and a cold Kokanee or on the slopes at Silver Star Mountain in the winter there is nowhere I feel more energized and at peace.

Click here to read more hometown features written by professional golfers in the Players Issue of SCOREGolf Magazine, and here to watch a video on travel in Vernon, B.C.

This Canadian Golfer is someone Tee’d Off Tee Times is very proud of and is very happy to see his name on the leaderboard at the Greenbrier Classic.  We are now following him on Twitter.

We recall his comments from a few year ago “as a professional golfer on the PGA Tour we are very fortunate to travel to many of the most beautiful locations around the globe. I feel both fortunate and proud to say that I am yet to find somewhere that can compete with my hometown of Vernon, B.C. in the Okanagan Valley.”

When it comes to hitting the links, Predator Ridge Golf Resort is second to none with 36 holes of golf as well as the world renowned Sparkling Hill Spa.  “I was fortunate enough to play and practice at Predator Ridge as a junior golfer and my wife Amelie and I spent time at the onsite hotel while I recovered from my 2010 hip surgery.

Tee’d Off Tee Times interest in where Chris grew up and practiced is because a former Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club colleague, Derek Orr, is now the Operations Manger at this course.  Derek worked in Jasper with Kevin Sebulski, now the Director of Golf at El Camaleon Mayakoba, for many years.

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Golfers when travelling you should do it *IN FASHION*


In Fashion Hotel Boutique in Playa del Carmen Mexico reflects a vast array of themes that will awaken the imagination of those who seek to live in style and to dream of the unique place that opens the door to true paradise. Our location in the Mexican Caribbean along the extraordinary Mayan Riviera offers a lush tropical environment full of exciting flavors, scents, sounds and sights that are sure to enchant and seduce you.

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, we are a quick 45 minutes from Cancún’s International Airport, and only 100 meters from the beautiful blue turquoise of the Caribbean Sea. We are also privileged to be situated in the center of the main attractions of the area which include the wonders of the natural theme park Xcaret (10 minutes away), and the awe-inspiring Mayan Ruins of Tulum (30 minutes away) among other archeological and natural marvels.

In Fashion Hotel Boutique offers 42 suites that are undoubtedly a contemporary landmark in design and comfort. We combine minimalistic elements and a vast selection of art in the form of paintings, sculpture, photography and interior design.
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For all golf lovers, the perfect area awaits you in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Tee’d Off Tee Times is the local golf booking agency for In Fashion Hotel Boutique guests.  The Mexican Caribbean is one of the fastest growing golf destinations in the world with 12 championship courses currently open for play.

Both friendly local staffs will utilize their extensive knowledge of the golf courses and the hotel to provide you with information while ensuring the most enjoyable experience for all.

In Fashion Hotel Boutique in Playa del Carmen reflects a vast array of themes that will awaken the imagination of those who seek to live in style and to dream of the unique place that opens the door to true paradise.

Their location in the Mexican Caribbean along the extraordinary Mayan Riviera offers a lush tropical environment full of exciting flavors, scents, sounds and sights that are sure to please all golfing visitors.

RESERVACIONES
From México: 01 800 2 FASHION
From US: 01 877 445 00 46

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Playa del Carmen Golf, http://www.teedoffteetimes.com/playa-del-carmen/golf-courses-in-playa-del-carmen.html

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O Canada at RBC Canadian Open

Adam Hadwin’s tie for fourth Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open was bittersweet.

Trying to become the first Canadian in more than 50 years to win his country’s national championship, those hopes were quickly dashed when Hadwin made two bogeys and a double bogey in his first eight holes. Hadwin charged back, however, with three straight birdies on the back nine only to finish two strokes out of a playoff.

“I can’t put words to it,” Hadwin said. “I felt like I was playing for my country out there. Got off to a rough start, and brought it back on the back side and gave them something to cheer about coming in.”

While Hadwin didn’t get the win, he did get into the field for next week’s Greenbrier Classic thanks to a top-10 finish. He also gave the fans plenty to cheer about after overcoming a four-putt on the eighth hole.

“I had basically one goal for the whole day and that was have fun,” Hadwin said. “I kept telling myself just enjoy it. Everybody’s cheering for you. Just have fun out there, and things turned around there on the back nine.”

That turnaround also gives Hadwin, a two-timer winner on the Canadian Tour, the confidence that he can play with the best.

“This is my first final group on the PGA TOUR,” he said. “It was kind of exciting. Big crowds all day, lots of cheers. You know, to finish on the back nine like I did was something special.”

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RBC CANADIAN OPEN

My interest in this event is personal.  Born and raised in Canada it is very exciting to share any details from the Royal Bank Of Canada Open from Tee’d Off Tee Times.       

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the themes for the 2011 PGA TOUR season is the competition involving the younger players and the established ones. How will the veteran players, those with significant TOUR experience and long-standing championship pedigree, fare against the hungry up-and-comers who are looking to nudge their way into the TOUR’s elite?

Each week, PGATOUR.COM will select two players and analyze their chances heading into the tournament.  They will then track which player has the better score for his team, and keep a running team tally throughout the year.

For the RBC Canadian Open, Mike Weir and Matt McQuillan, who both hail from Ontario. In an interview during the John Deere Classic, where he finished tied for third, McQuillan honored Weir by calling him the “greatest Canadian golfer.”

Weir has struggled to find his game this year after an injury-plagued 2010. McQuilllan, on the other hand, has shown strong form in recent weeks and may be ready to become one of his nation’s golf heroes.

Johnson Wagner also holds our interest with his win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Course.

Clarke Finally Wins The Claret Jug

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Darren Clarke followed Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy as a major champion from tiny Northern Ireland. (Getty Images)

SANDWICH, England (AP) —  Another major goes to Northern Ireland. The surprise was Darren Clarke’s name on the Claret Jug.

Ten years after he last contended in a major, no longer in the top 100 in the world, Clarke delivered his defining moment Sunday in the Open Championship when he held off brief challenges from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to win golf’s oldest championship.

The weather was so wild that heavy rain changed to sunshine, back and forth all afternoon, while the wind was relentless.

Clarke was a steady presence through it all.

A 20-foot eagle putt on the seventh hole gave him the lead for good, and he didn’t drop a shot until it no longer mattered. With bogeys on the last two holes, Clarke closed with an even-par 70 for a three-shot victory over the two Americans.

“Pretty amazing right now,” Clarke said, the Claret Jug at his side. “It’s been a dream since I’ve been a kid to win the Open, like any kid’s dream is, and I’m able to do it, which just feels incredible.”

Northern Ireland had gone 63 years without a major. Now it has three of the last six — Graeme McDowell in the U.S. Open last year at Pebble Beach, followed by Rory McIlroy at the U.S. Open in a record performance last month at Congressional, and now the 42-year-old Clarke.

“Northern Ireland…… Golf capital of the world!!” McIlroy tweeted as Clarke played the last hole.

“We’re blessed to have two fantastic players in Rory and GMac, and I’ve just come along, the only guy coming along behind them,” Clarke said. “We have fantastic golf courses, we have fantastic facilities, but to have three major champions from a little, small place in a short period of time, it’s just incredible.”

They are so close that a week after McIlroy won the U.S. Open, Clarke pulled out of a tournament in Germany so he could return to Northern Ireland and join the celebration.

They were always for someone else. Clarke had reason to believe his best celebrations were behind him. Surely, nothing could top playing a Ryder Cup on home soil in Ireland five years ago and leading Europe to victory just one month after his wife, Heather, died of cancer.

“In terms of what’s going through my heart, there’s obviously somebody who is watching down from up above there, and I know she’d be very proud of me,” Clarke said. “She’s probably be saying, ‘I told you so.'”

Indeed, this was overdue.

No one had ever gone more than 15 starts in the Open until winning, and this was the 20th try for Clarke. Yet even as he struggled with his game and the adjustment of raising two boys without their mother, and as the spotlight shifted to youth, Clarke never gave up on his dreams.

“I always believed I would get myself back up here,” he said before heading out to the 18th green to collect the oldest trophy in golf. “I always believed I had enough talent to challenge and win one.”

He delivered on the demanding links of Royal St. George’s to hold off Mickelson and Johnson.

Mickelson, rarely a threat in this major, made up a five-shot deficit in seven holes and was only one shot behind after a birdie on the 10th until he started missing short putts. He shot 38 on the back nine, hitting his final approach into the grandstand.

Then it was Johnson’s turn. In the final group of a major for the third time in six years, Johnson made two birdies early on the back nine and was only two shots behind when his second shot to the par-4 15th went out of bounds, ending his hopes again.

The last hour was a coronation for Clarke, long a popular figure not only in Europe but around the world. Puffing away at cigarettes as he barreled down the fairways, he never looked to be in any trouble.

And the few times he did, the golfing gods came to the rescue. He twice hit shots that were headed for pot bunkers well short of the green, only to hop over them or around them, keeping him in control.

He posed with the Claret Jug that was empty, but not for long. He promised some “nice, Irish black stuff” by evening. And when asked about the celebration, Clarke promised only that it would be “long.”

“And I’ll be very, very hungover,” he said.

He finished at 5-under 275 and became the first player in his 40s to win a major since Vijay Singh at the 2004 PGA Championship. Only two other players were older than Clarke when they won their first major — Roberto De Vicenzo (44) in the 1967 Open, and Jerry Barber (45) in the 1961 PGA Championship.

Clarke won for the second time this year — he beat a weak field in Spain that was opposite The Players Championship — and goes to No. 30 in the world. He had been No. 111, the lowest-ranked player to win a major since Shaun Micheel in 2003 at the PGA Championship.

Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck and Golf.com’s David Dusek and Tee’d Off Tee Times, http://www.teedoffteetimes.com

McIlroy, Fowler paired again and on course

When Fowler began his round, it was in the brunt of the bad weather. By the time he was finishing, however, the weather had lessened and he was able to take advantage with three birdies over his final six holes for a 2-under 68. That sends Fowler into the final round at 2 under for the tournament and in contention to win not just his first major, but his first tournament.

”I knew it was going to play hard and it would be tough to stay dry,” Fowler told ESPN. “I knew par was going to be a great score.” Par is exactly what Fowler managed on a wind-whipped and rain-soaked front nine at Royal St. George’s, where he avoided any big numbers with one birdie and one bogey in the worst of the weather.

By the time Fowler reached the 13th, however, the weather had started to turn for the better and he made birdie there as well as on Nos. 15 and 16. The strong finish puts Fowler near the top of the leaderboard, a position he’s been in before — just two weeks ago Fowler had a share of the lead going into the final round of the AT&T National before shooting a final-round 74 to tumble into a tie for 13th.

Fowler was certainly disappointed with the way he played that Sunday in Philadelphia, but he looked at it as a learning experience — much the same way Rory McIlroy did with this year’s Masters. McIlroy of course then went on to win the U.S. Open. “That definitely motivated me,” Fowler said of McIlroy’s win.

By his own admission, Rory McIlroy wasn’t exactly looking forward to today’s bad weather, which he teed off right in the teeth of just a little while ago. But that weather is what could help separate what’s been a bunched leaderboard.

“I think you’ll see a lot of chopping and changing at the top of the leaderboard,” said McIlroy, who is paired with Rickie Fowler for a third straight day. “It’s the most open Open I’ve seen in a long time.”

Indeed. Only seven shots separated the top of the leaderboard from the bottom at the start of the round, which is why McIlroy, who began four shots back, doesn’t plan to alter his strategy despite the weather. “I can’t go out and be defensive, especially now,” McIlroy said. “But four shots in 36 holes on this golf course in these conditions is nothing. It really isn’t. ”Everything is working pretty well. It’s just a matter of keeping it tight and not hitting too many loose shots and keeping it around par.”

Likewise, Fowler knows the conditions won’t be ideal, but he’s managed his game well through the first two rounds.  “It’s obviously going to play tough, but everyone is going to have to play in it,” Fowler said. “Just kind of have to embrace it and try and go in with a good attitude and try to play as well as we can.

“Links golf definitely gives you room to recover. It gives you some options where you can run it around, get it up close, have a chance to make par, and that’s the fun of it. You can hit so many different shots. You can be in trouble and chase something up, have a 100-foot putt, get down in two and you walk away with a par. That’s just how it is.”

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.Com tee´d off tee times, http://www.teedoffteetimes.com


Tee’d Off with Kerwin Falls

 

Grand Coral Fairway Shot and Kerwin is not in the trees.

Hi Cheryl

I first want to thank you for making my trip to Playa Del  Carmen for my 50th birthday a very memorable experience.  I was able  to play 7 rounds in 5 days including 4 rounds at the new Grand Coral course.  I  have played maybe 60-70 golf courses, and I would have to say this was my second  most favorite course.  It is an absolutely breathtaking design.  Beyond the  golfing, your assistance with the booking of the courses was stellar to say the  least.  More than just having someone who performed a service for me, I feel as  though I have made a lifetime friend in you.  Keep up the good work, and I  should be back down that way in a couple of years.

May God smile on you always,

Kerwin Falls

We must mention he showed Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Course and Playacar Golf Course his skills to handle all the dense mayan jungles, cenotes, amd turquoise ocean water by smiling all the way to hole # 18.  Thank you from the Team of  Tee’d Off Tee Times  Cheryl

Luke Donald Victory in the Scottish Open

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Luke Donald enjoyed the perfect warmup for next week’s British Open with a flawless 9-under 63 to win the rain-shortened Scottish Open by four strokes, his first victory since becoming the world’s top-ranked player in May.

The 33-year-old Englishman started the third and final round a shot behind a trio of joint leaders but rolled in nine birdies in a majestic bogey-free display at Castle Stuart.

With only a light wind leaving the links course defenseless, Donald romped home with a winning total of 19 under, ahead of Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed (62).

The former Europe Ryder Cup captain briefly shared the lead in the final round after a birdie at the sixth, but dropped four shots at the start of the back nine to shatter his hopes.

No player has ever won the Scottish Open and gone on to win the British Open the following week, but Donald — a model of consistency this year — looks in good position to become the first.

“I only see this as a positive,” he said. “I’ll be high on confidence. I’m hitting the ball nicely and to do it on a links course is even better. I’m looking forward to bringing this game to next week.”

Donald completed his second round in overcast conditions early on Sunday with a second straight 67, giving him a good platform to make a charge for the title in his first Scottish Open since 2007.

He had to hit the ground running in the final round, with Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell leading yesterday and Scots Peter Whiteford and Jamieson a shot clear.

Donald did just that with a birdie on No. 3, before draining a 40-footer across the slope on the short fourth to share the lead.

Two more birdies made it four in a row and although he was briefly joined in front by Tullo, the joint leader from the first round, the relentless Donald sank a 15-footer to pick up another birdie on No. 9. He then benefited from a free drop out of a waterlogged bunker on the 10th fairway to make a sensational up-and-down.

That took him two strokes ahead and he closed with three birdies over the last four holes, recording three straight rounds in the 60s.

“It’s nice to get another victory. I can get used to this,” Donald said.

Lee Westwood shot a closing 68 and was tied for 14th at 12 under, a stroke behind Matt Kuchar from the United States (67). Fellow American Phil Mickelson had a 69 and finished at 7 under

This weeks big event the British Open will be posted by Tee’d Off Tee Times

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McDowell Leads Scottish Open After Two Rounds

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell fired a flawless 8-under 64 to charge into a three-way share of the second-round lead on a morning of low scoring at the Scottish Open.

The Northern Irishman, starting out at 3 under, made the most of still, dry conditions to shoot six birdies and an eagle 3 at the 12th in a bogey-free round on the defenseless links course at Castle Stuart on Friday.

Scottish pair Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford, who both carded 66s, were tied with

“It’s nice to get the ‘low’ juices flowing,” said McDowell, the winner of the tournament in 2008 when it was held at the parkland Loch Lomond course. “We talked about someone doing a 60 this morning, it’s that easy.”

The leaders were a stroke clear of Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara (66) and two ahead of Argentina’s Angel Cabrera (64), Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts (66)

With the recently opened course in the Scottish Highlands yet to bare its teeth, the early starters made hay for a second straight day, with a smattering of birdies and eagles across the leaderboard.

Last year’s U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach claimed the day’s joint best score with Cabrera and Lawrie, going to the turn in 30 after starting at the 10th and adding more birdies on the second and seventh holes.

“It’s probably going to take 20 under to win this week,” McDowell said.

Jamieson, a European Tour rookie, should have been the outright leader but messed up the eighth hole — his 17th — by fluffing a short chip and then three-putting, posting a double bogey to halt his charge.

He had started in irrepressible mood, making five straight birdies from the 11th and then an eagle on the long 18th.

Other high-profile players in contention were eighth-ranked Matt Kuchar of the United States and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington (both 8 under), with two-time Scottish Open champion Ernie Els of South Africa a further stroke adrift.

Matt Kuchar’s 66 ensured there will be American representation this weekend, but his fellow countrymen weren’t faring so well.

Mickelson came home in 32, which included an eagle on the long second hole, but may come up short like The Heritage winner Brandt Snedeker (1 under after a second-round 66) and Anthony Kang (3 under).

Overnight leaders Lee Westwood and Mark Tullo (both 7 under) were among the afternoon starters. Top-ranked Luke Donald was on 5 under after his first round.

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El Mangler Golf Course

EL MANGLAR VIDANTA
GOLF RIVIERA MAYA
It is perhaps here, in the executive golf course at El Manglar Vidanta Golf Riviera Maya that Jack Nicklaus developed the world´s foremost golf course, in which his design firm achieves to project the creative, revolutionary, and cutting edge stamp, that distinguished it. With 18 Holes – Par 54 in an area of 2,923 yards long filled with radiant white sand traps, dark tones of natural stone lining pristine lakes, deep lush hue of the greens, and waste bunkers, this course is a garden of delights for golf lovers. The insignia of the course, the 17th —named Donna-Green—, boasts three bunkers on each side of the green and one more at its center, making it a one of a kind, so it is notoriously difficult to get out of it with a par.

AMENITIES: Driving Range, Putting Green, Pro Shop, Snack Bar.

THE GREEN FEE INCLUDES: Round of golf, shared golf cart and bottle of water and all taxes.

TRANSPORTATION: Round trip transportation to the Grupo Mayan Golf El Manglar is included.

DRESS CODE:
• Collared Shirt is required for gentlemen.
• Ladies must have a collared or sleeved shirt.
• Collared Shirt is required for gentlemen.
• No tank tops, bathing suits or t-shirts allowed.
• Shoes must be golf shoes or smooth soled sneakers, no boots.

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