Shirley Knudson, wife of late Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and eight-time PGA Tour winner George Knudson, has died at the age of 84. She had been suffering from dementia. No funeral arrangements had been announcement as of this writing … There will be plenty of eyes focused on Brooke Henderson in this week’s CP Women’s Open at Ottawa Hunt, where she is an honourary member, as well as tour regulars Alena Sharp, Jennifer Ha and Maude-Aimee Leblanc, but an interesting sub-plot will be to watch the developing Canadians such as Brittany Marchand of Mono, Ont., who recently won the Data PGA Women’s Championship of Canada and won her first Symetra Tour event, after a fine performance at the Manulife LPGA Classic earlier this year. To win the recent PGA of Canada event, Marchand had to defeat her pal Augusta James of Bath, Ont., who has also won on the Symetra Tour, in a playoff. Meanwhile, Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City is eighth on the money list. The top 10 at the end of the season graduate to the LPGA Tour. It should be interesting to see how those players and other developing Canadians hold up in this test against the world’s best … Ottawa Hunt was the site of Dawn Coe-Jones’ final LPGA event in 2008, so it’s fitting that she will be remembered at this year’s CP Women’s Open at the same venue, where players will pay tribute to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and three-time LPGA Tour winner, who died last fall after a battle with sarcoma, a form of cancer.
— Can Golf Hall Fame (@CGHF) August 18, 2017
The Web.com Tour stops in Oregon this week for the Portland Open, where Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Michael Gligic, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are in the field … With this being the final event before the Web.com Tour Finals begin, the Canadians would love a sweet vault up the tour money list similar to Silverman’s after he went from 63rd to 16th after his win at the Price Cutter Charity Championship two weeks ago. He then moved to 14th with his T7 finish at the News Sentinel Open on Sunday. The top 25 graduate to the PGA Tour next season and going into Portland, Sloan is 49th, followed by Conners in 50th, with Svensson 62nd. The top 75 on the money list move on to the Web.com Finals, along with players 126-200 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup regular season standings in which David Hearn finished 128th and will begin the Finals next week in Columbus, Ohio. Brad Fritsch, who finished 204th in FedEx Cup standings, will go back to Web.com Q-school, an event he won by seven shots three years ago. Before that, however, Fritsch has tweeted that he is headed overseas to play in the Made in Denmark event, which gets underway next week on the European Tour … Adam Hadwin, who finished 13th in final FedEx Cup regular season standings, Mackenzie Hughes (34th), Graham DeLaet (67th) and Nick Taylor (84th) open the playoffs this week at the Northern Trust in Old Westbury, N.Y. … The Boeing Classic this week’s PGA Tour Champions event in Snoqualmie, Wash., will have Stephen Ames and Rod Spittle in the field … The Shaw Charity Classic has confirmed that Kenny Perry will be in the field for that PGA Tour Champions event that beings at the end of the month at Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club … It was also confirmed that John Daly will be playing the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria a couple of weeks later … The Symetra Tour is off until next week when the Sioux Falls Greatlife Challenge takes place in Sioux Falls, S.D. … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if attire worn on the LPGA Tour, with the exception of logos, would be acceptable at the golf courses where they work/play. The majority, or 63 per cent, said yes, with 37 per cent saying no … This week’s poll asks readers to the 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? As of this writing, 48 per cent described the impact as devastating, another 45 per cent said minimal impact and only seven per cent said there would be no impact at all. If you haven’t done so already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.