One glaring point that comes out of the decisions by Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen not to play in the Olympics is that golf, particularly the PGA Tour in this case, is over-saturating the product, just as it did back in the 1990s and into the previous decade with too many golf courses, leading to too many empty fairways. The tour has known, or should have known, that it jammed the tail end of the PGA Tour schedule with too many marquee events since its introduction of the FedEx Cup back in 2007. With this year’s Canadian Open shoehorned between the British Open and PGA Championship because of the Olympics, imagine the field that would have been at Glen Abbey, if not for the RBC players that are expected? … About a year-and-a-half ago, we asked readers through the GNN Poll if it should be tour pros or amateurs competing in golf at the Olympics and 72 per cent of respondents said it should be amateurs … I’m a little concerned that with all the roadwork Bob Weeks does with his passion for running, he may have suffered a gluteus maximus injury. His glutes seemed squeezed excessively tight when he wrote this TSN blog about the use of Brooke Henderson’s middle initial … She isn’t swinging the clubs just yet, but this Facebook post shows Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Dawn Coe-Jones out on the golf course with her two Jimmys after surgery last month to replace her knee cap and a portion of her tibia after cancer was detected. Little doubt that she has the right spirit going forward.
After being 108th on the Web .com Tour money list a couple of weeks ago before getting his first tour win in Colombia, Brad Fritsch has soared to second with $186,990 after his T2 finish Sunday at the El Bosque Mexico Championship on
Sunday. That’s in five events. Last year, Fritsch finished the season with $$116,804 in 25 events. With the top 25 graduating to the PGA Tour at the end of the season, it’s worth noting that the final spot in that group last year won $162,070.11, just under $25,000 less than Fritsch’s current 2016 total … Henderson’s consecutive top-10 streak has reached eight (nine if you count a Ladies European Tour event) and that number has her atop that LPGA Tour stat. With only one finish outside the top 10 this year, Henderson is top 10 in 89 per cent of her starts this year, also tops on the LPGA Tour. She is also fourth in LPGA scoring average (69.889) and second in birdies (152) … The top 10 on the Symetra Tour at the end of the season will graduate to the LPGA Tour and four Canadians comprise that group in current standings. Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. is second, with Augusta James of Bath, Ont., Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham and Vancouver’s Jessica Wallace in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively … Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Nick Taylor and Mike Weir will play this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour … Albin Choi, Fritsch, Mackenzie Hughes, Lucas Kim, Taylor Pendrith, Ben Silverman, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are the Canadians in the field at the Web .com Tour’s United Leasing and Finance Championship … Henderson, Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc are at the LPGA Tour’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, along with SooBin Kim of Coquitlam, B.C. … Last week’s GNN Poll asked if tour rookie Dawie van der Walt was completely out of line with his criticism of Weir’s withdrawal from the RBC Heritage or was his frustration understandable? The majority of respondents cut van der Walt a break, with 69 per cent saying they understood his frustration, while 31 per cent said he was completely out of line … This week’s poll asks if golf has a responsibility to take a stand on societal issues, or should it remain neutral on such topics? It’s still early but 54 per cent said it should tread lightly on such topics, 42 per cent said it should remain completely neutral, while four per cent said it has a responsibility to take a stand on such issues. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.