Adam Hadwin will be the third Canadian to tee it up for the International team at the Presidents Cup, which gets underway this week at Liberty National in New Jersey. Hadwin will be looking to help the Internationals turn around an overall 9-1-1 record in favour of the United States, including a 15.5-14.5 win for the U.S. in 2015 in South Korea … For a hole by hole of Liberty National, click here … The Internationals will have their hands full with the likes of Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson, to name a few on the American side. For a look at both teams, click here … Both of Hadwin’s Canadian predecessors in the Presidents Cup had winning records. Mike Weir, who will serve as assistant to captain Nick Price this week, has made the most appearances, playing in five (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009) in which he compiled an overall 13-9-2 record. Weir’s also has a 7-2 record in four-ball, but was also 3-1-1 in singles play and he is best remembered for his singles victory over Tiger Woods in 2007 at Royal Montreal, but the U.S. won 19.5-14.5. Graham DeLaet stood out in 2013 when he went 3-1-1 overall, including a 2-0 record in four-ball, as well as a singles victory. DeLaet and Jason Day found some chemistry in team play, but his hole-out from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole at Muirfield Village (below) led to him defeating a PGA Tour newcomer by the name of Spieth 1-up. The U.S., however, took the overall competition 18.5-15.5.
This week’s McKayson New Zealand Open is an inaugural event on the LPGA Tour and will have Canadians Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Lorie Kane and Maude-Aimee Leblanc in the field … This week’s IOA Golf Classic in Longwood, Fla., is the next-to-last event on the Symetra Tour schedule before the top 10 on the money list graduate to the LPGA Tour next season. Brittany Marchand, Megan Osland, Christina Foster, Samantha Richdale, Elizabeth Tong, Augusta James and Anne-Catherine Tanguay are the Canadians in the field … At this point, it looks as if Tanguay will be the only Canadian to move on through the top 10. With two events remaining, she’s sixth with $73,309, which leaves her $19,148 ahead of the current 10th place total. Brittany Marchand is in 20th place, over $22,000 out of 10th place, but according to the Symetra Tour, anyone in the top 21 can move into the top 10 this week. The winner, for example, will receive $22,500, so Q-school isn’t necessarily Marchand’s destiny, considering she’s already won once so far this year … With all of the damage done by hurricanes this year, last year’s IOA Golf Classic was cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew … This week’s Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., is the concluding event in the Web.com Tour Finals and will feature Corey Conners, David Hearn, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan and Adam Svensson in the field … Here are the projected Web.com Tour Finals standings, with the top 25 on Sunday evening moving on to the PGA Tour. I chatted here with Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and former PGA Tour player Richard Zokol about the possibilities for Canadians this week … PGA Tour Champions is off now for a couple of weeks before returning Oct. 13-15 for the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. … I’m still laughing at Thomas having his grandpa call in the middle of the press conference after he won the FedEx Cup and asking if he can call him back.
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The PGA of Alberta will present four bursaries of $750 each year to deserving Candidates for Membership and Class A assistant professionals who meet or exceed the bursary criteria. These bursaries are awarded annually at the association’s Awards Banquet in October. For criteria and an application form, click here … Callaway has announced it has extended its relationship with Phil Mickelson, solidifying that the five-time major champion will play Callaway equipment for the remainder of his competitive playing career. Terms of the agreement were not announced. “Phil has meant so much to Callaway and to the game of golf,” said Callaway president and CEO Chip Brewer. “He is a dynamic athlete and an iconic ambassador. We are excited to continue our relationship with him for years to come.” Mickelson said that, after 13 years, the announcement shouldn’t be a surprise. “Our long association has been hugely important to my career and this extended agreement is a great honour,” said Mickelson. “We’ve enjoyed close personal and working relationships for 13 years and I’m very grateful that it will continue through my playing days and beyond.” … TaylorMade has announced it has appointed Brian Bazzel, a member of the company’s product creation teams for the last 17 years, as its new vice president of product creation. Bazzel will lead the company’s product strategy and development of metalwoods, irons, golf balls, putters, wedges and accessories … Succeeding Bazzel as senior director of product creation for metalwoods is Tomo Bystedt … Last week’s GNN Poll question asked readers what the attitude was around the golf operations where they work towards a pleasant long range forecast for the fall across Canada? The majority (55 per cent) replied that anything will help, but the damage is done, while 26 per cent said it will be a big help, while 19 per cent said it’s a nice way to finish off what has been a great season … This week’s poll asks if the controversial tax reforms currently being proposed by the federal government will unfairly penalize golf businesses. As of this writing, 81 per cent said yes, with 19 per cent saying no. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.