Someone much wiser than myself, or at least that’s what I let him believe, made an accurate statement on Monday. “This is the golf industry. If you haven’t heard a good rumour by noon, make one up.” It’s just one comment I received about the rumour that ClubLink was about to sell Glen Abbey, home to 26 Canadian Opens, but it’s one that’s made the rounds before, even if it did come from several sources within the industry … Another response was that such a sale would be a loud wake-up call for the industry. I’m not so sure it would say as much about the state of the industry as it does about the price of land in upscale Oakville, Ont. … Where it would hit the industry is in its seemingly cold heart. For all the unkind remarks that have been said about the Abbey, I doubt any media members, tournament officials or Canadian players would deny that they have some fond memories from the Canadian landmark, but let’s not pretend this is a done deal until it is that.
It’s been a couple of months since the Canadian Women’s Open concluded and there’s still no word on a replacement sponsor for CN or a host venue for the 2014 event. Golf Canada executive director Scott Simmons said Tuesday he expected an announcement within two weeks. He had originally been expecting the announcement to be made in early October. The speculation is that CP will take over the sponsorship, with London Hunt in London, Ont., serving as the 2014 site … Is it the media or the combatants themselves? Brandel Chamblee apparently implied that Tiger Woods was a cheater during rules controversies earlier this year, then sort of apologized, leading to Woods hinting at a possible boycott of the Golf Channel, Chamblee’s main employer. The whole thing has turned into a petty spat that conceivably could make fans the victim if Tiger does refuse to do Golf Channel interviews. Real positive stuff for a game that’s renowned for not being able to make its problems go away, isn’t it?