Thursday, August 25, 2005

Wet TO courses; the "final" major; Gore on the PGA Tour and Canucks rock at Am

  • Apparently the number of courses swamped by last week's storm in Toronto includes the National, Thornhill, Donalda (closed for the year), Scarboro and Ladies Golf Club of Toronto. The National apparently has something in the area of $1-million worth of damage to its final couple of holes.
  • Does anyone actually consider the "Jeld-Wen Tradition" a major? Come on, with a name like the Jeld-Wen, can anyone take this event seriously? You know the answer. Too bad because the Senior Tour did play some neat spots this year, like Royal Aberdeen for the British Senior. The reality is that the Champions Tour is impossible to compare to the PGA Tour. No one watches it and hardly anyone cares.
  • Jason Gore is about the only interesting player teeing it up at the Buick Championship. Let's hope he wins. With so little interest in the event, could this be one of the tournaments that disappears once Tim Finchem reworks the schedule as part of his new TV deal?
  • So seven Canadians made it through to the match play portion of the US Am, a new record according to the folks at the RCGA. Canada's great hope in the tournament, NCAA champ James Lepp, narrowly made it through against the 64th seed, which makes one wonder if he's brought his A-game. But match play, especially on a course as difficult as Merion, is very different from medal play, and some players can't make the adjustment. Anyway, there are four Canadians in matches today.
  • The Globe's Lorne Rubenstein writes an article about the Canadian Open and its questionable field. Hard to get a clear take on what Lorne thinks, but he runs through a list of players who will and will not be making the trip out to Shaughnessy. Surprisingly, Phil Mickelson isn't one who is going to show up, despite saying at last year's Open that he was thrilled to see an event on the West Coast, since he lives in California. Maybe he ran out of jetshare or something.

4 Comments:

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous mediaguru at hookedongolfblog.com said...

What is a Geld-Wen anyway. Do they live in North America or are they something like an African species?

 
At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like the Champions Tour is suffering from the fact that any player who makes a name for himself on tour finds that there are other businesses that they can pursue out there where they can make more money than playing golf. After all, for a Champions Tour event they need to show up for an entire week. Or they can design golf courses, show up twice throughout the course of the project, and get a check for seven figures. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Back in the late '80s and early '90's there were some real characters on the Senior Tour. There are few golfers more entertaining to watch than Chi Chi Rodriguez when he was playing well. Can't see Hale Irwin or Bruce Fleisher playing a 50 yard hook into the final hole of a major championship.

Hopefully some of the more charasmatic players in their forties will play the Champions Tour and they will get back to playing at some classic venues that can no longer handle the flatbellies anymore.

 
At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems like the Champions Tour is suffering from the fact that any player who makes a name for himself on tour finds that there are other businesses that they can pursue out there where they can make more money than playing golf. After all, for a Champions Tour event they need to show up for an entire week. Or they can design golf courses, show up twice throughout the course of the project, and get a check for seven figures. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Back in the late '80s and early '90's there were some real characters on the Senior Tour. There are few golfers more entertaining to watch than Chi Chi Rodriguez when he was playing well. Can't see Hale Irwin or Bruce Fleisher playing a 50 yard hook into the final hole of a major championship.

Hopefully some of the more charasmatic players in their forties will play the Champions Tour and they will get back to playing at some classic venues that can no longer handle the flatbellies anymore.

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert,

I visited both Oakdale and Scarboro this week to review their bridges after the storm. Oakdale was fully opened Wed and Scarboro also as of noon the same day albeit minus a few bunkers in both places. Their crews did some incredible work to get the courses open in such short notice IMHO. Too bad about the National.

 

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