So, you think the Zika virus is just a convenient excuse for all the Olympic golf WDs going on? Read this story from CNN and ask yourself if it’s the only reason and whether you would criticize anyone for not going … The 2016 PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada will be played at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club in Barrie, Ont., Aug. 30-Sept. 2. “The players can expect a true test of golf especially if the wind blows. The course is always in immaculate condition and is defined by its windswept fairways, strategically placed bunkers, grassy hollows and fescue,” said Tangle Creek general manager Richard Edmonds. Victoria’s Jim Rutledge won it for the fourth time last year at Credit Valley in Mississauga, Ont. … Brooke Henderson would have been running away in the LPGA rookie of the year race had she waited to take her full LPGA status instead of taking it last year after her first win in Portland, but she says she has no regrets. “I could never have predicted the season that I had this year and my lifelong goal and dream was to play on the LPGA Tour every single week … it was kind of like a dream come true and I wanted that membership and now, I’ll always have the 2015 LPGA Tour card. It just really meant a lot to me to take it right away. Of course, it would have been a privilege to win the award this year, but there’s so many other great players and other great rookies that they’ll have a chance to do that,” she said. It isn’t exaggerating to say that there will be plenty of hardware to come that will make up for it … Lexi Thompson is looking forward to her grouping with Henderson and No. 1-ranked Lydia Ko in the first and second rounds at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open. At 21, Thompson is the senior citizen of that marquee trio. “Brooke Henderson has been playing amazing golf, and I think we all saw that coming. She’s just an overall great player, no weakness really in her game, at all and Lydia the same. It’s great to watch them both on the golf course and their attitudes and just their demeanors on the golf course. They’re aggressive players and just consistent overall. You can’t really even find a weakness in their game and that’s why they’re so good,” she said … Defending champion Jeff Maggert will be returning to the Shaw Charity Classic to be played at Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, along with two other former champs in Fred Couples (2014) and Rocco Mediate (2013) … Par gets the most votes at 43 per cent so far in the current GNN Poll, which asks readers what mid-term grade they would give business where they work. Another 30 per cent said birdie, with 15 per cent marking it bogey, nine per cent eagle and three per cent double bogey. There’s still time to vote on the GNN home page
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