The media is hoping President Donald Trump didn’t set a precedent by putting the press in a basement suite and covering the windows with black plastic when he was playing golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the weekend in Florida. It might give the PGA Tour and players the same idea … Of all the speculation surrounding Tiger Woods in his comeback from back surgery, there was little that honestly stated that a wonky back is unpredictable, so speculation is entirely futile, although everybody knew that. Now that Woods has pulled out of this week’s Genesis Open and the Honda Classic due to spasms, the soothsayers will turn their attention to Tiger’s chances of playing at Augusta, but the reality is that even Woods won’t know until he tees it up in the first round and who knows after that? That’s the only absolute truth and everything else is a guess, even if nobody wants to admit it. There was a time when Tiger vs. the rest of the field in a major was a pretty good bet if you went with Woods. These days, it isn’t even a good bet that he’ll even be in the field … Was it Mackenzie Hughes wanting to have his photo taken with Justin Timberlake at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am or the other way around? You decide
Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, Hughes and Nick Taylor are the Canadians in the field for this week’s Genesis Open at Riviera in Pacific Palisades, just outside Los Angeles … In tying for 10th, Taylor and Hughes shot identical rounds of 70-70-68-71 to each finish eight under at Pebble Beach on Sunday … Hughes is seventh this week in FedEx Cup points, with Adam Hadwin 12th, but the big mover is Taylor, who moved from 99th to 70th … Hadwin is the top Canadian in the world golf rankings at 106th this week, with Hughes close at 110th. Taylor also made a big move up in the world rankings, vaulting from 406th to 334th … No player outside of his 20s has won on the PGA Tour this calendar year ,although Hudson Swafford, winner of the CareerBuilder Challenge turns 30 in December. As a matter of fact, the last player older than 30 to win a regular tour event was Pat Perez, who was victorious at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November. Perez was 40 when he won … Stephen Ames is the lone Canadians at this week’s Chubb Classic, the PGA Tour Champions stop in Naples. Fla. … After three events this year, Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., stands ninth on the Web .com Tour’s money list after T5 and T7 finishes in the Bahamas and last weekend’s T17 finish in Colombia. The top 25 on the money list at the end of the season graduate to the PGA Tour … Conners, Albin Choi, Justin Shin, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are the Canadians in the field for this week’s Web .com Tour stop, the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City …The LPGA Tour returns to action this week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, where Jennifer Ha, Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc are scheduled to play … The PGA of Alberta’s Professional Development Series continues on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, where the topics will be food and beverage operations and professional business communication. For more on that, click here … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if the number of full-time jobs at the golf operation where they work continues to dwindle, while part-time or contract positions increase. The answer was a definitive yes from 73 per cent of respondents, with just 27 per cent saying no … This week’s poll asks readers if they think golfers, either competitive or recreational, will pay attention when the USGA/R&A introduce the first draft of a restructured Rules of Golf next month. As of this writing, it’s a dead heat, with 50 per cent of respondents saying yes and 50 per cent answering no. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.