It’s an unhealthy obsession when the 786th-ranked player in the world announces he won’t be making his long-awaited comeback after back surgery is bigger news than the No. 1-ranked player being out for months with back ailments of his own. A tweet from Bob Weeks of TSN, who is at the Safeway Open, indicted there were plenty of empty seats in the media room, at least early in the week, when it would have been a zoo had Tiger Woods not announced he was withdrawing .. “I was definitely confronting the situation,” said Calgary’s James Love, recalling the potential birdie he might get on the final hole of what turned out to be a 59 in the first round of the first stage of Web .com Tour Q-school in St. George. Ut., on Tuesday. “I told my caddie on the last fairway, ‘You don’t get many chances, so let’s make birdie.’ There’s not much else you can do. I had a wedge in my hand and a front pin and I knew I was playing good, so it’s like, ‘Why be nervous?’ I was basically telling him all the way up the fairway, ‘I’m just going to make birdie.’ So I was definitely going for it.” You can read the entire story by Kevin Prise here on the PGA Tour website … Love followed up with a 69 on Wednesday and remains tied for first at the midway point of the first stage. The top 24 finishers plus ties move on to second stage … The PGA of Saskatchewan’s 2016 Merchandise Show will be held Oct. 24-26 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The annual general meeting and awards reception will be held on Monday, Oct. 24 … The David Hearn Foundation and Extendicare have announced that a hat sales fundraising initiative has raised approximately $20,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The David Hearn Foundation hats, produced by Levelwear, went on sale in March via e-commerce and retail channels and sold out shortly afterwards. Hearn’s sponsor, Extendicare, pledged to donate an additional $2 per hat sale to the initiative, helping the foundation reach its contribution goal. The David Hearn Foundation hat initiative was another way for us to give back to a cause we care deeply about,” said Hearn. “Our goal was to not only raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Canada, but also awareness with every hat bought. We saw hat sales come not only from across Canada, but across the U.S. as well, so I think our message is definitely getting out there. I also want to thank my partners Extendicare and Levelwear for supporting this initiative and my foundation from the start.” … Aaron Baddeley has joined the PING tour staff … This week’s GNN Poll asks if external or internal forces are having the greatest impact on the golf industry these days. As of this writing, a large majority, or 83 per cent had voted for external forces such as the cost of housing, unemployment, taxes, etc., while 17 per cent said internal forces or factors the industry can control such as time it takes to play, appealing to youth, etc. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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