Oh, Canada! – Spittle Makes His Mark In Montreal

Rod Spittle Hits His Opening Tee Shot in The Final Round of the 2011 Montreal Championship
Rod Spittle Hits His Opening Tee Shot in The Final Round of the 2011 Montreal Championship On His Way To Setting A Course Record of 62 (-10)

Montreal, Quebec, July 3th, 3:47 P.M. – Languishing in a tie for 49th wasn’t the finish Rod Spittle was looking for in his native country’s only Champions Tour event and starting the final round in that spot, he had a lot of work to do today.  He managed quite well, thank you very much.  Asked when he knew he probably did not have a chance to contend for the trophy today Spittle said with a laugh, “About 8:00 a.m. this morning.”  But that did not stop him from trying.

The Niagara Falls, Ontario native set the crowd on it’s ear at Club de Golf Fontainebleau, finally getting their attention after reaching six under par through his opening nine holes and continuing to do so as he piled on more birdies on his 11th, 12th,and 13th holes of the day.  He added one more on his 16th hole.

“I just hit it close all day.  The fairway was my friend and I had a lot of birdie putts inside six feet that I was fortunate to capitalize on,” added Spittle who say he was not aware that he was on track to set a new low-mark for the course.

The 55 year-old Ohio State grad, who still lives in the Columbus, Ohio area, was the talk of the Montreal Championship mid-day as the leader at the time, his fellow Buckeye Alum, John Cook, was just making the turn. With his early tee-time Spittle had the most of the post-round media spotlight to himself after turning in his impressive scorecard that had no setbacks on the day and totaled just 62 strokes.  It broke the course record of 63 that had already been tied three time this week in the opening two rounds.

Unbelievably it could have even been lower as he missed a five foot putt for birdie on the 8th hole, his 17th hole of the day, and also watched as his 28 foot birdie attempt on his final green fell just short.

Spittle said he had a combination of good distances into the green on almost every hole as well as hitting some good shots.  He started the day with an eagle and even drove the green on the 16th hole, his 7th of the day.

Also helping his play was a decision he made to alter his putting stroke a bit for the round.  He has been working on putting with a left-hand low grip for the last six months and figured that being well back to start the day he might as well test out the grip in tournament action.  It seemed to work out.

Spittle concluded, “It’s been a great week and to finish like this is beyond words.”

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