There are those who are taking this particular segment of Suzann Pettersen’s apology for what went on at the 17th hole of fourball play on Sunday at the Solheim Cup a little too literally. “I want to work hard to earn back your belief in me as someone who plays hard, plays fair and plays the great game of golf the right way,” wrote Pettersen. Randell Mell of the Golf Channel writes here that the “phantom concession” of a putt to Alison Lee will follow her for awhile, as will her pledge to make amends, but what else is there for her to do? Pettersen has apologized. Let’s stop with the pound of flesh routine and move on. This whole incident is getting like politics, in which somebody apologizes for something unparliamentary, but it’s never good enough for the people who demanded the original apology and keep beating on it for political points … Jason Day and Jordan Spieth will be paired together at this week’s Tour Championship. Both are candidates for Player of the Year and while that award not so long ago seemed to be a sure thing for Spieth, his two majors earlier this year are far from a guarantee with Day’s play of late. This is one time when more majors may not be the ultimate deciding factor for Spieth. Winning the Tour Championship will put Day, this year’s RBC Canadian Open champion, over the top. Day and Spieth will tee off at 2 p.m. local time on Thursday in Atlanta … By the way, Day was ranked ninth in the world coming to Glen Abbey for his win in Canada. He’s No. 1 now … At the midway point of the Web .com Tour Finals, Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., is 21st with $21,410 in two events. The top 25 move on to the PGA Tour next season. Fritsch opened the finals with a 15th-place finish at the Hotel Fitness Championship, then tied for 43rd at last week’s Small Business Connection Championship. Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., is tied for 77th. The third event of the four-tournament finals goes this week at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio … Former RBC Canadian Open winner Chez Reavie won last week’s Small Business Connection Championship … The Republic of Korea leads the team standings after the first day of the World Junior Girls Championship at the Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa. Team Canada Two and Team Canada One are 13th and 14th, respectively. For individual standings, click here … Augusta James of Bath, Ont., has moved up a position on the Symetra Tour money list from eighth to seventh with $51,673, but she is the only Canadian now in the top 10 who will graduate to the LPGA Tour at the end of the season. The next-highest Canadian is Maude Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., in 14th. For the complete list, click here. The tour moves to Arkansas this week for the third-to-last event of the season, which ends Oct. 18 … It’s still a close race in this week’s GNN Poll that asks if golf is loosening up and making a greater effort these days to appeal to young people, families and women. Yes has the majority of votes, but only 52 per cent compared to 48 per cent for the no side. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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