A cynic might wonder about the timing of the announcement that the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ont., is moving to early June dates in 2014. It comes after last week’s announcement that the rebranded Canadian Pacific Women’s Open will be played Aug. 21-24 in London, about an hour down Hwy. 401 in London, Ont., so putting the Waterloo event a month ahead of this year’s July dates would create more separation between the two LPGA Tour events … As for fans making their summer plans around the tournament with the early date, it doesn’t seem to matter considering the event was well-attended this year in July … The weather would seemingly be okay at that time of year, even though on June 6 this year, the temperature in Waterloo was 14 C followed by 16 C the next day. If that’s accompanied by rain, it make for some chilly conditions, but generally, that time of year is comfortable for watching golf … Does anybody else have a problem with winners from the Golf Channel’s Big Break series earning an exemption into the Manulife event? Shouldn’t that go to a developing player or a Canadian, even if the Big Break will be promoting the event? … You can read more about the date change and the Big Break exemption here.
Brad Fritsch had originally planned to be at this week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico, but has chosen not to play that PGA Tour event, not because of the back injury that has limited his play lately, but because of his travel schedule. Fritsch will play at the World Cup of Golf with David Hearn next week at Royal Melbourne in Australia. Fritsch will also play the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney the following week … Fritsch says in this interview with TSN 1200 in Ottawa that his back is fine and that his putting was the reason for missing the cut at the McGladrey Classic last week … Stephen Ames and Mike Weir are the Canadians in the field this week in Mexico.