There was plenty of understandable controversy swirling around the decision to shorten a major championship to 54 holes at the Evian Championship last week in France, but at least the critics realized there was a major going on as opposed to when things are going swimmingly and mainstream media offers little more attention to a women’s major than a regular tour event. Ask yourself honestly if the ANA Inspiration at the beginning of the season would have received the attention it did had Lexi Thompson not been penalized four strokes from a ball-marking infraction that took place the day before? … It was wonderful to see the attention on social media after a press release was circulated last week about Pat Fletcher, the last homie to win the Canadian Open (1954), being inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame of B.C. There didn’t seem to be near as much buzz when the announcement was originally made back three months earlier that Fletcher was going in with others, as well. All of the inductees are listed here … Adam Hadwin finished 21st to join the top 30 in FedEx Cup standings who move on to this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta. Mackenzie Hughes had a legitimate shot to make it into the top 30, but lost out in the final round of last week’s BMW Championship and while he is likely disappointed in not making it and earning a spot in the first three majors next year, a win at the RSM Classic and a couple of top-10 finishes in his rookie year are reasons for optimism going forward in his PGA Tour career … Corey Conners, David Hearn, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan and Adam Svensson are in the field for this week’s DAP Championship in Ohio, the third event in the Web.com Tour Finals. It was incorrectly noted on social media that Svensson, from Surrey, B.C., had clinched graduation to the PGA Tour as a result of his T5 finish at the Albertsons Boise Open on Sunday. Now seventh in projected standings on the Finals money list, he hasn’t, but he’s very close. Others in contention include Conners from Listowel, Ont., (18th) and Sloan from Merritt, B.C. (20th). The updated list is here. The top 25 at the end of the four Finals events move up … PGA Tour Champions is at Pebble Beach this week for the Pure Insurance Championship. Stephen Ames and Rod Spittle are in the field … The LPGA Tour has a week off before playing an inaugural event in Auckland, New Zealand next week, followed two weeks later by the beginning of its five-event Asian swing … This week’s Guardian Championship in Alabama is the third-to-last event on this year’s Symetra Tour schedule as players make a run for the top 10 on the money list, a finish that would earn them graduation to the LPGA Tour next season. Brittany Marchand, back from playing last week’s Evian Championship in France, is in the field, along with Brogan McKinnon, Samantha Richdale, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Elizabeth Tong, Vivian Tsui and Anna Young … Tanguay moved down one spot on the latest Symetra Tour money list from fifth to sixth, but is roughly $22,000 up on the 10th and final place among players who will move on to the LPGA Tour next year, so she’s solid, according to the current numbers. Marchand, on the other hand, has a big job ahead in the next three tournaments, when she’ll need to make just over $19,000 by current stats ….Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if they are seeing any signs of a growing overall Canadian economy at the golf businesses where they work. A strong majority, or 73 per cent said no … This week’s poll deals with predictions of a warm, relatively dry autumn ahead in most parts of the country, so we asked readers what the attitude was around the golf operations where they work towards that pleasant forecast, given the rain and cool temperatures that were common in many regions this year. As of this writing, 52 per cent of respondents say that it would help, but the damage has already been done this season, while 24 per cent voted that it would be a big help and another 24 per cnet voted it would be a nice way to finish off what has been a great season. If you haven’t already, you can vote below or on the GNN home page.
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