Brooke Henderson tied for 12th at the CP Women’s Open, but there’s little doubt that she came through with a clutch performance at Ottawa Hunt, which was showered with accolades as host of the event. About the only thing that could have prevented Henderson from being star of the show was if she wasn’t playing and that was nearly the case. Had it not been for a well-timed birdie on her 18th hole Friday to make the cut on the number, the buzz around Ottawa Hunt could have been seriously doused, especially with 12 of 14 Canadians as it was not making it into the weekend, not a big surprise since most of those players aren’t LPGA Tour regulars. Erasing the memory of what might have been at Ottawa Hunt was Henderson’s course record 63 that turned up the juice on the weekend buzz at Ottawa Hunt … Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Graham DeLaet and Nick Taylor are at this week’s Dell Technologies Championship in Boston, the second event in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Hadwin, who is 18th in current standings, and Hughes (37th) appear safe to make it into the top 70 who will move on to next week’s BMW Championship, but DeLaet (74th) and Taylor (92nd) will need solid performances in Boston. DeLaet WD-ed with back problems at last week’s Northern Trust, where Taylor missed the cut … A strong performance by Hadwin will go a long way to securing a spot on the International team for this year’s Presidents Cup. With the top 10 who earn automatic spots announced Monday, Hadwin is sitting in 10th spot. The two captain’s picks will be named Wednesday, which opens another possibility for Hadwin, should he not get an automatic selection.
Ben Silverman finished 10th on the Web.com Tour money list to earn graduation to the PGA Tour next season through the top 25. Silverman will be looking to upgrade his status through the Web.com Tour Finals, which get underway this week at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, the first of four events that end with the Web.com Tour Championship at the end of September. Silverman, who comes into the finals with four consecutive top-10s, including a win and a T2 finish on Sunday in Portland, will be joined in Columbus by Corey Conners, Roger Sloan and Adam Svensson … Former PGA Tour player and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Richard Zokol chats about how Silverman could make momentum work for him if he maintains it going into the early stages of the PGA Tour season, just as Hughes and Taylor did when they made the transition. You can listen to that discussion I had with Zokol here … Stephen Ames, Rod Spittle and Jim Rutledge will be the Canadians in the field at the Shaw Charity Classic, which gets underway Friday at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary. The entire field is here … After her T12 finish at the CP Women’s Open, Henderson will be gunning for her third consecutive win at the Cambia Portland Classic this week. She’ll be joined in Portland by Jennifer Ha, Alena Sharp, Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Augusta James of Bath, Ont., who usually plays the Symetra Tour … After her tie for 30th at Ottawa Hunt, Brittany Marchand is back on the Symetra Tour this week, playing the Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she’ll be joined by Brogan McKinnon, Samantha Richdale, Anne-Catherine Tanguay and Elizabeth Tong. With six tournaments remaining on the Symetra Tour schedule, Marchand is looking to vault from 17th, where she stands now, into the top 10 on the tour money list at the end of the season. The top 10 players graduate to the LPGA Tour next season. Tanguay is currently eighth on the money list … With just three tournaments remaining on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada 2017 schedule, players are seeking to finish in prime spots on the money list, with the top man earning fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour next season. Second through fifth earns those players conditional status, while players who finish sixth through 10th earn exemptions into the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-school. Those who finish 11th through 20th pick up an exemption into the second stage of Q-school. Top Canadian on the money list heading into this week’s Cape Breton Open is Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., who’s in 21st spot. The entire money list is here … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers how they would describe the impact on the food and beverage operation at the golf club where they work/play if the national blood-alcohol limit is lowered from 0.08 to 0.05? Most respondents believe it will have some impact, with 48 per cent describing it as devastating, with 42 per cent adding it would have minimal impact. Another 10 per cent of respondents said it would have no impact at all … This week’s poll asks if unrest in the United States will cause readers to avoid a golf vacation/trip there this winter. As of this writing, the majority, or 61 per cent of respondents, said no, with 39 per cent saying yes. If you haven’t done so already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.