An e-mail exchange with Scott Simmons, CEO of Golf Canada, on Monday morning indicated that an announcement of the sites for the 2016 and 2017 RBC Canadian Opens is imminent, which is pretty much the same message we received three weeks ago.
Simmons is definitely chomping at the bit to get this done and out there and who can blame him?
The 2016 Open is only 16 months away, not much time to get things done, especially if it does turn out to be a first-year venue such as Coppinwood in Uxbridge, Ont., which has been the odds-on favourite until now.
What’s interesting is that Golf Canada seems intent on announcing the sites of both the 2016 and 2017 Opens together. Could that mean they will both be played at the same place, as has been speculated?
If so, will it be Coppinwood? Simmons conceded three weeks ago that there were issues, likely infrastructure concerns, being dealt with through meetings with the Region of Durham, in which Coppinwood is located.
Simmons did say that Golf Canada was also talking to other sites as well, but you would think that with the 2016 Open getting so close, the focus is on one site with, perhaps, a solid Plan B venue required.
Whatever happens will need to happen soon. That ASAP that Simmons put on the announcement is starting to have a few exclamation marks behind it.
Hadwin Still Haggling
Adam Hadwin was in the area for this week’s Valspar Championship and took in a Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training game in Dunedin, Fla., on Monday.
You may recall from this story that Hadwin was in a public haggling with the Blue Jays, hoping to exchange lessons in return for taking batting practice with the team.
At last report, no word from the Jays, but Hadwin apparently isn’t giving up.
— adam hadwin (@ahadwingolf) March 9, 2015