Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Canadian Open at Angus Glen to stay put in 2007?

Sportsnet.ca's John Gordon has a so-called "scoop" on the site today saying the RCGA has agreed to keep the Canadian Open at Angus Glen in 2007. There has been some concern that the event's new date, in July following the British Open, might hurt turnout. Adding to the problem was the perception of some that the course was not particularly good. This stems from a skins game held prior to the course's official opening and attended by the likes of Vijay Singh and David Duval. Apparently they weren't big fans of the course, created by Doug Carrick and Jay Morrish.

It would have been surprising had the event been moved, since Angus Glen owner Gordon Stollery paid the RCGA to host the tournament twice -- once in 2002 on the South course and next year on the North.

In his article, Gordon writes:

But on Tuesday, a reliable source intimate with the tournament told Sportsnet that an announcement was imminent to the effect that the Canadian Open would be played at Angus Glen, albeit on a significantly altered course, and that moving it to Glen Abbey was not a consideration.
Let's hope they weren't too "intimate." The source might catch something and need a shot to alleviate any symptoms.

Anyway, Gordon also mentions the "source" told him Davis Love III visited Angus:

The source said PGA Tour veteran Davis Love III, also a course architect, had made multiple visits to Angus Glen to suggest alterations to toughen the course, designed in 2001 by Toronto's Doug Carrick and U.S. designer Jay Morrish. The source also said other PGA Tour players will be flown up to add their input.


Of course, that's hardly a scoop. It has been well known for two years that Davis was going to use Carrick's renovation plans to "rework" Angus and hopefully help draw a stronger field. I wrote about it in G4G in 2004. I guess sometime a scoop is a scoop and sometimes it is something else... or maybe a scoop can get reused every year.

The truth is the RCGA probably wants to move the tournament, but they are locked into a deal and have little choice. Gordon Stollery and Angus Glen were their date for the prom and now they've got to dance.

All of Gordon's story can be found here.

2 Comments:

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Peter said...

Robert,
is it Angus Glen North that'll host the Open? I've only played the South Course, and I liked it well enough (but not as much as other Carrick courses). How would you compare the two courses? What's your opinion on the North as an Open venue, and thoughts on what the pros didn't like about it? Thanks

Peter

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Robert Thompson said...

Angus North is the weaker of the two courses, for a variety of reasons. Mainly, because of the land, the course was largely manufactured. It doesn't look natural and is pretty wide with the fairways. I think those are the general concerns.

 

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