It isn’t the best of news for the Canadian Tour, but the cancellation of two late-season events shouldn’t affect the PGA Tour’s decision to bring the tour under the banner PGA Tour Canada.
The International Team Matches, which was to be played in Kemptville, Ont., was an unofficial event and was cancelled, along with the Desert Dunes Classic, which was to be played in November in California.
The California event offered players the opportunity to play not only for a paycheque, but also offered players an opportunity to stay sharp during qualifying season.
However, the PGA Tour seems more interested in the Canadian events as it looks to bring the tour under its banner.
Last year, the PGA Tour extended financial aid to the struggling Canadian Tour and it has been looking this year to make it a part of the developmental ladder, along with PGA Tour Latinoamerica. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Jeff Monday, senior vice president of tour development for the PGA Tour, is expected this week in Gananoque, Ont., for the inaugural Great Waterway Classic, a tournament that has seen its purse lowered from $150,000 to $100,000.
Despite that, the community seems to have rallied around the Great Waterway Classic, which will be a positive sign for the PGA Tour.
A decision on the Canadian Tour is expected from the PGA Tour next month.
Classy Guy Calls It A Career
In typical Randy Phillips style, he wrote his farewell column to say thanks to everybody who made an impact on his career, when I know for a fact that many are saying complimentary things about Phillips for not only his contribution to sports, but specifically to golf.
After more than 36 years of writing full-time at the Montreal Gazette, Randy is calling it a career. Friday is his last day.
I always enjoyed chatting with Randy, usually when we crossed paths at the Canadian Open, but other events, as well. You’ll see plenty of golf names in his farewell column and, if there isn’t recognition in Quebec for his long career, there should be.
You can read his column here.
Canadians Graham DeLaet and David Hearn will play together at this week’s BMW Championship, part of the FedEx Cup playoffs, at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.
Hearn and DeLaet, along with Troy Matteson, will tee off at 11:59 a.m., on the 10th tee at Crooked Stick on Thursday.