Player's Take: Cody Blick
June 29, 2018
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Cody Blick sits at seventh place on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit. (Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour)
Now in the midst of his third Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada season, Cody Blick has seen pretty much everything.
Blick, from San Ramon, California (about 30 minutes from Oakland), sits seventh on the Order of Merit after starting his year off with a bang – coming in a tie for second at the Freedom 55 Financial Open and adding two other top-15 finishes to his resume.
The 24-year-old says he knows he has what it takes to get to the next level and is eager for the rest of the season to try to find the winner’s circle for the first time on the Mackenzie Tour.
Blick spent a few minutes with PGATOUR.com chatting about his experience on the Mackenzie Tour the last few years, his family support, and he breaks down his love for a particular Canadian restaurant chain.
Over the last three years on the Mackenzie Tour, what is it that you’ve learned the most about yourself or your golf game?
It’s all about gathering experience. The first few tournaments, I definitely got kicked around up there, no doubt about it. I came back last year for my second year, and I knew what to expect. I got in contention a few times like in Kelowna, in Victoria and at the Tour Championship for a little while.
I think it’s all about getting more comfortable with your competition and your surroundings. This year, I just know what it takes to be in contention and I just want to put myself in that spot as much as possible.
I’ve realized the last couple weeks that you can’t really force a win. I pressed too hard in Victoria and definitely in Kelowna. I wanted to win in Kelowna really bad (note: Blick missed the cut at the GolfBC Championship, an event he finished T-2 at in 2017). It’s almost weird to say, but I think I was trying too hard in a couple of those events there. The rest of the season I just want to put myself into contention and let it happen.
How close do you feel your game is to the guys on the Web.com Tour or the PGA TOUR?
My first year as a professional I played in a Web.com Tour event, where I Monday qualified, and last year I played in the Barracuda Championship (an opposite-field event on the PGA TOUR), and that was really eye opening for me. I played with Aaron Baddeley and D.J. Trahan and they didn’t do anything different in how they physically hit it or how they putt. I mean, Aaron Baddeley rolls the rock like almost no one else, but you put those guys on the range with the Mackenzie Tour and you’d have no idea they’re on the PGA TOUR. They don’t do anything flashy, they just manage it better. They know where their miss is.
In the Monday Qualifier this year for the [Genesis Open], I played with John Mallinger. He’s been on TOUR for a while. It was the same thing. They hit it in the right spot and they allow themselves to score. Worse case, almost, they’re tapping in for par. Sometimes, on the Mackenzie Tour, I for sure can get overly aggressive. Some of these courses are short, so you want to bang driver and flip a wedge in, and that does work sometimes, but I think there’s a balance there. It’s just 15 years of experience, they know what they’re doing and they know where to hit it. They’re not hitting foul balls; the ball is always in front of them and they have 15-25 feet for birdie and if it goes in great, and if it doesn’t, make a par and move on.
You got to be pretty close with fellow Californian Rico Hoey last year, who won the last event of the year to get into The Five. What did his journey show you? That one good week could make a huge difference?
My coach and I were just talking about him the other night because I’ve had a great start to my season. Obviously, I want to win every event, but that’s not realistic. We’re in seventh (on the Order of Merit) right now. My coach was like, “look, Cody, you’re putting yourself in position so then when you do win you’re going to be at the top of the money list,” and that, I think, is the key for now. Just hang around, and like Rico, he wasn’t even in the top-10 on the money list going into the Tour Championship, but that win helped him sky rocket. He was a top-10 machine last year, so I think he was in the same boat where he was just there and then he won, and he shot up the money list.
You are in a good position to earn a spot into the RBC Canadian Open. Is that something you’ve got your eye on?
It’s a bit of a bonus for sure. The fact they open three spots to our Tour is awesome. I don’t want to say it’s not a goal, but it’s not something I’m thinking about right now. I just want to focus on the next tournament at hand and if it happens, great. It’s a bonus… but it would obviously be really cool if I got it. I think it would be seven [weeks] in-a-row if I did get in (laughs), so that might be a bit of a long stretch, but would be a fun seven weeks.
There are a couple of new events on the Mackenzie Tour schedule coming up along with some events you’ve played before. Any ones in particular you’re looking forward to?
I think it’s great we’re adding new events - that’s pretty cool. Last week in Lethbridge (the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open), really exceeded my expectations. It was the first year they had the event and it was run really smoothly, which was great to see. I’m sure the next few golf courses are going to be great as well. But, that Stall Foundation Open [in Thunder Bay] is a really cool event, the amount of support is off the charts. I’m definitely looking forward to that one.
Speaking of support, you’ve talked before about how much your family has supported your golf journey. What’s so special about it?
It’s crazy how much my family is there for me. They’re always there. I’m shooting my Dad a text every night after every round, and we’re talking about how I’m feeling and what I learned. My family, on both sides, just set a really good example for my brother and I. They just worked hard and that’s what they said when we were kids: “It doesn’t matter what you want to do, just work hard at it and you’ll get it done.” My younger brother, Connor, and I, we just took that to heart. I think that family is huge… we’re just so fortunate.
What’s it like to have Connor playing professional golf as well?
He finished 30-something at Q-School and got conditional status, so he’s been trying to Monday qualify this year, and he’s going to do the next three. He’s right there, [and] he had a crazy month during Q-School. He had a bunch of college tournaments, and then finals and graduation. He walked for graduation [Connor Blick went to Saint Mary College of California in the Bay Area] on a Saturday and then that night he flew to Vancouver. It was crazy. He didn’t have a great week at Q-School… he had a couple of good rounds, but he’s definitely better than his status shows. The kid is a stud.
But you still beat him, right?
We have some pretty good brotherly competition, that’s for sure. You can’t lose to your younger brother. No way (laughs).
Obviously golf is your profession and you love it. But how much does your mind wander to your family house in Lake Tahoe during a long stretch of tournaments?
Dude, it is so nice (laughs). Lake Tahoe is unbelievable and I love spending time up there. We get the whole one side of the family up there with us. I’ve missed the Fourth of July the last couple years and that was the tradition. We BBQ, watch the fireworks, hang out on the boat… it’s unbelievable. That’s definitely my relaxing spot.
I’ve read you are a big fan of the Cactus Club, a popular Canadian restaurant/bar chain. How many times did you go there during the first four tournament weeks of the year?
Oh my gosh. I mean… I was up [in Canada] for 28 days, so I bet at least 15 of those dinners were at Cactus Club. At least (laughs). Are there any in the States?
I don’t think so.
I’m telling you, they would make a killing in the Bay Area - that place is unbelievable.
What did you think of your first breakfast at Tim Horton’s?
You know, it was good! I had a little teaser when I caddied for my brother in Q-School on Vancouver Island. So, we went there for breakfast and that was a nice five-day teaser. It’s been nice going back, definitely.
Is there any hamburger restaurant in Canada that you think could compare to In-N-Out?
Oh, no. Nothing’s like In-N-Out. That will never happen.
It’s been a few years now that you’ve been coming up to Canada to play golf. What is the most Canadian thing you’ve seen?
Everyone is so nice and it is hilarious to me when all the players from the States will be wearing rain gear on a “kind of” cold day, and you’ll see the Canadian caddies in t-shirts and shorts, just weathering the storm like it’s nothing.
I hang out with Jared du Toit and some of the things he says are pretty funny. I picked up one; we were in Argentina playing a PGA TOUR Latinoamerica event and he used the word ‘greasy,’ like, ‘that was a ‘greasy’ situation’ and I thought it was absolutely hilarious, so I’ve started to use that one a little bit.