I agree with Mike Schurman’s belief in this blog that we don’t need to limit ourselves to a `Big 3’ on the PGA Tour, that of course being Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, but then again, Rickie Fowler may soon jump into that elite group. Golf, more than any other sport, has the need to package players. Remember 10 to 15 years ago, everyone seemed determined to package the `Big 5’ of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen? The truth is there was Tiger, then there was Phil and the rest certainly had some magnificent moments, but seemed more like supporting actors in such a grouping … It’s difficult to argue commissioner Tim Finchem’s thoughts on the health of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Put the top players in the game against one another for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and combine that with the heavy promotion the tour does throughout the season and sure, golf fans will tune in. That’s good for business of course, which is Finchem’s main concern, but from the uncomplicated viewpoint of a golf fan, or at least most golf fans, there’s still no comparison to the majors and the buzz that builds for weeks before they’re played. The playoffs just seem to arrive a couple of weeks after the PGA Championship despite the marketing done by the tour. Besides, in what other post-season do players take weeks off to rest, unless they’re badly injured? … Having said that, Spieth has a 2-1 lead on Day in majors this year, but if the latter wins the Tour Championship this week, I’m all for him winning player of the year. Many will argue that one … The Tour Championship is up and running and the Web .com Finals continue this week and with that happening, how many times have you thought about Suzann Pettersen’s naughtiness at the Solheim Cup the past 24 hours or so? Thought so, but that incident was going to haunt her the rest of her career, according to her critics. That too shall pass … Going into the final round of the World Junior Girls Championship at the Marshes in Ottawa, the Republic of Korea has an 11-point lead over Sweden in the team standings. Team Canada Two and Team Canada One are 13th and 14th, respectively. For individual standings, click here … The Richmond Country Club in Richmond, B.C., will host the PGA of British Columbia Club Professional Championship on Monday and Tuesday … Jennifer Greggain of the Chilliwack Golf Club recently won the PGA of B.C.Women’s Championship by one shot over defending champ Salimah Mussani of the Vancouver Golf Club … This week’s GNN Poll asks if golf is loosening up and making a greater effort to appeal to young people, families and women and it’s a close one as of this writing, when the Yes side had a slight edge with 51 per cent of the vote. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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