I get that Phil Mickelson wanted to make a statement about the busy schedule that PGA Tour players have to contend with by pulling out of the BMW Championship and, this may be me, but once you commit to an event, you do your best until the end. This isn’t the first time Mickelson has done this. Saying he’s zeroing in on the Ryder Cup is reminiscent of when he pulled out of the Memorial in 2012 after shooting a first round 79. That time, he said he was going home to concentrate on the U.S. Open. By the way, he tied for 65th at the Open that year. That’s not to discount how fatigued the players are due to the onerous schedule as it winds down, but illess or serious personal problems are the only legitimate excuses for WD-ing because they would surely fight through fatigue if they still had a legitimate shot at the big money at the end of the FedEx Cup playoffs … Having said that, the the busy schedule at the end of the year is taking its toll on more than the players. The positioning of the RBC Canadian Open between two majors in the Olympic year of 2016 would have been a lot easier to take had our national championship not had to deal with being surrounded by World Golf Championships and majors every year, especially with RBC taking such a major role with event and player sponsorships. If you think the Open has every right to grumble about the situation, don’t be surprised to learn that is happening behind the scenes … The PGA Tour schedule is another example of golf being a game of excess, just like the ‘90s when golf was at its peak of popularity and built too many high end courses in many markets that exceeded the demand … Richard Kiel, who died at age 74 this week, may be remembered best for his role as “Jaws” in the James Bond movies, but he had some memorable roles in sports movies such as The Longest Yard and Happy Gilmore. In the latter movie, the 7-foot-2 Kiel played the giant spectator Mr. Larson. Watch this clip for a little nostalgia from that golf movie. For the story on Kiel, click here … With all the attention paid to Adam Hadwin winning the Chiquita Classic on the Web .com Tour last week, the T2 finish by Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault-sur-le-lac, Que., at the Prairie Band Casino and Resort Charity Classic in Mayetta, Ks., was mostly overlooked, which happens more than it should for women’s golf. With the top 10 from the money list earning status on the LPGA Tour, Juneau is on the bubble with two events remaining after making the jump from 17th to 10th with her finish at the Prairie Band. Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ont., is 16th on the money list, which you can see here … Brooke Henderson is an exceptional, gifted golfer, no doubt, but can we please quit with the “phenom” tag that has caused some to jump the gun and call for her to turn pro, which may very well happen. Personally, I hope she waits at least a year, finishes high school, sees what happens playing with the No. 1 ranking in the world and then, makes an informed decision, but the outside pressure to go pro, just as it was for Lydia Ko, who won a couple of Canadian Women’s Opens before she made her move. There’s no doubt that there will be a lot of noise and a lot of temptations for Henderson to make the move over the coming months. She has plenty of time and needn’t rush despite all that noise.
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