Introducing Mike Weir as an International team assistant captain, Nick Price said something interesting when he mentioned one of the objectives “was to make sure that we got guys who were in the future going to be captains and there’s no better example than the guy, Mike Weir, who I’ve asked to be our fourth captain’s assistant.” It may not happen right away, but a captaincy is coming for Weir … One of Weir’s attributes, according to Price, is his passion for the Presidents Cup and, indeed, Weir did play an important role in getting the event to Royal Montreal 10 years ago, where he capped it off nicely with his singles win over Tiger Woods, even though the U.S. won the overall competition. Here’s an interesting possibility: Weir as captain at a President Cup that returns to Canada … Weir says he was encouraged to take the next step in his career just by hitting balls next to Price, at the Canadian Open early in his career.
“I was walking to the driving range, got my bag of balls, … and the only spot was beside Nick Price. So, me being left-handed, I’m facing him and Nick, this was in the early 90s, he’s just flushing the ball. It’s a different sound than what we heard on the Canadian Tour in those days. I started hitting my shots, and I thought, `Wow, if I want to make it to this level, I’ve got a lot of work to do,’ and kind of went about reading some of his books that he had produced with David Leadbetter and just started studying the swing in a little more detail than what I had been. I think I was 24 years old at the time. That kind of put me on a different path after that experience, really. I knew that, you know, hey, I’m a professional golfer, but I’m really not a professional golfer yet. There was a whole new level of professional golf that I had not really experienced yet, so that was an eye-opening experience.”
No progress on the sale of TaylorMade from new adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted this week, but it remains ongoing with the company focused on the lifestyle market, while putting a heavy emphasis on the U.S. market to take on rivals such as Nike and Under Armour … It’s interesting to note that adidas will also divest itself of an iconic hockey brand in CCM. Much was made of TaylorMade being up for sale and Nike getting out of hard goods were signs of a declining golf market. It will now be interesting to see what the take on the hockey market is now that CCM is being shopped around and the recent sale of Bauer after its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection … The first of five Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada qualifying schools get underway next Tuesday at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, Calif. The second begins the following Tuesday at the Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif. … Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., goes into this week’s Symetra Tour season opener, the Florida Natural Charity Classic, as defending champ after taking her fourth tour win after she birdied three of her final four holes in 2016. Richdale, whose rookie year was 2006, has 28 career top 10 finishes on the Symetra Tour. She has also made 55 career starts on the LPGA Tour, with best finish being a T14 at last year’s ShopRite LPGA Classic … This week’s GNN Poll takes a look at the tumultuous political environment in the United States and asks if it would cause you to not travel there for a golf or business trip. As of this writing, 64 per cent of respondents said no and 36 per cent said yes. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.