The Web.com Tour and Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada are making a joint donation of $20,000 to the relief efforts in Fort McMurray. “We’ve always been touched by the support from the Fort McMurray community, from families billeting players at their homes to volunteers who put hard work and dedication into the event. We look forward to seeing that spirit come through as the community recovers and gets back on its feet,” said Mackenzie Tour president Jeff Monday. The fire destroyed structures at the Fort McMurray Golf Club, which hosts the Mackenzie Tour’s Syncrude Boreal Open. No details on what will happen with that tournament this year have been announced. “The tragic wildfires in Alberta have impacted many lives in one of the country’s great golf provinces. It is our hope that this joint donation between the Web .com Tour and the Mackenzie Tour will inspire others to follow suit, helping not only Fort McMurray, but the region as a whole, in an extreme time of need,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee … Players will also pledge a donation amount for each birdie they make over the next two weeks and are asking fans to do the same. All donations will be forwarded to the United Way … “I’m really pleased that the Web .com Tour and the membership are coming
together to support such a worthy cause. A lot of us are Mackenzie Tour alums and thus played in Fort McMurray. As well, many of us stayed with host families there, in homes we can only assume are now gone or badly damaged,” said Brad Fritsch. “What we are doing this week is a small token of our gratitude towards the Fort McMurray community. They support professional golf and golfers, so it is incumbent upon us to step up and help them in their time of need. Hopefully we can raise a whole lot of money and help with the process of rebuilding their lives.” … The three balls that Tiger Woods put in the water at Congressional have been over-analyzed to the point of being ridiculous, just as the speculation about when he’ll return is annoying. Granted, Tiger’s return will be a legitimate big story, but it’s likely only the opening paragraph in this chapter of his career. Who returns that day? The Tiger who drowned the golf balls at Congressional? The Tiger of 15 years ago? Somewhere in between? Even he doesn’t know and neither do those checking out his hotel reservations for the next great speculation. Golf reporting is getting more like entertainment reporting all the time … Registration for this year’s PGA Fashion and Demo Experience in Las Vegas Aug. 15-17 has begun. Click here to register. For the show’s website, click here … USGA executive director Mike Davis says the Oakmont Country Club will be the same, only different for next month’s U.S. Open as it was in 2007. Have a listen …
Victoria’s Naomi Ko shot rounds of 74-67 at the Home Course in DuPont, Wash., to win her sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open, July 7-10 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. After posting the 74 in the morning round, Ko, an 18-year-old amateur, appeared to be out of the running when she bogeyed
the first hole of the afternoon but she went six under over the remaining 17 holes and had birdies on three of her last five holes … The ratio of dislike to like when it comes to the Canadian Olympic golf uniforms to be worn in Rio this summer is still about two to one. Precisely, at least as of this writing, 55 per cent of respondents to this week’s GNN Poll dislike the duds that were unveiled last week, while 30 per cent liked the Canadian apparel. Another 15 per cent don’t care. You can still cast your vote on the GNN home page.