Is it just me, or does it seem weird that the PGA Tour season gets underway on Thursday, while the Symetra Tour begins its season-ending Tour Championship? Yes, I know they’re worlds apart, the PGA Tour being the pinnacle for men’s golf and the Symetra Tour being the development circuit for the LPGA, but it’s only a few weeks ago that the FedEx Cup concluded and now we’re right back at it with no off-season to speak of in the wraparound schedule. … Of course, the continuous schedule (with the exception of a few weeks off at Christmas) is a product of tour excess. Gary Van Sickle of GOLF offers this piece on have and have-not tour stops, a theme that has been written about for the last 15 years or so, but he updates it due to the tour-driven rise in prominence of the FedEx Cup and the tour eyeing a more global reach … It isn’t likely that golf fans will totally tune out until the start of the West Coast swing at the beginning of the calendar year. It’s at this time of year that we’re grateful for the invention of the TV remote while we’re watching college and pro football, the baseball playoffs and the beginning of the NHL season, while clicking over to golf occasionally. It was in the fall last year when Nick Taylor shot a final round 66 to win for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Sanderson Farms Championship, just weeks after graduating from the Web .com Tour. Who’s to say that Graham DeLaet, David Hearn and Adam Hadwin, who are in the field for this week’s Frys .com Open along with Taylor and Monday qualifier Cory Renfrew, won’t pull off their first win this fall? … As reported here on GNN, three Canadians will be looking to finish in the top 10 on the money list at this week’s Symetra Tour Championship. That would earn them status on the LPGA Tour next season, but if that doesn’t happen, they could still earn a direct ticket into the final stage of LPGA Q-school. The top 15 from the money list in order of finish who do not earn tour status and who aren’t already eligible can go directly to final stage in December at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. … This week’s GNN Poll is indicating that foot golf is on the radar for Canadian golf operators. The poll asks readers if the golf operation where they’re employed has had any discussion about introducing foot golf and the majority, or 55 per cent, say no. The surprising part, as of this writing, is that 21 per cent of readers say foot golf is already at their places of employment and another 24 per cent say it’s been under discussion. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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