Phil Mickelson’s name may be a good one to have on the course he’s designing near Calgary, one that could be a future site of the RBC Canadian Open, but respondents to a GNN Poll believe the attraction to Mickelson’s name will be short-lived. An overwhelming majority of 91 per cent believe that Mickelson’s marquee value will be short-lived, then fade away, while only nine per cent think that it will stand the test of time … The results of this week’s poll to date aren’t as overwhelming. We asked if the recent low oil prices will continue through the winter and into the 2015 season when the golf industry. That one saw 58 per cent say yes, while 42 per cent said no … It’s no secret that I’ve gone on rants about golf course rankings in the past, but it goes beyond that. Recently, I saw a ranking of golf islands, many of which expected me to promote their products by telling readers where they were on the list. I was actually thinking of doing a ranking of the most useless rankings in golf just to see how many would want to market the fact that they were included on the list, but that would mean I’d have to include that ranking and kick my own rear end … Speaking of rear ends, this might be a good service to provide in your golf shop. Ellen DeGeneres put her own personalized touch on a pair of golf pants she gave to Bill Murray. We’re not sure what brand name they were, but I can see many golfers bring in photos of bosses and ex-spouses to put on the hind quarters of a fine pair of drawers. Just a thought.
PGA Tour Canada is reporting a 72 per cent increase in charitable contributions from its events in 2014, when the total reached $353,500 … The National Allied Golf Associations return to Ottawa to meet government officials in its quest for golf to be included as a business expense on Dec. 2 … Worth repeating on the U.S. loss in the Ryder Cup and subsequent formation of a task force. “The whole thing is overblown a little bit. They made more birdies then we did. That’s why we lost. It’s not the first time it’s happened,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. The only thing I would disagree with is that the whole thing is overblown a lot and the U.S. is complicating something that is actually very simple, as Finchem pointed out.