Call me a big kid and you’re probably right, but something I will always remember Brooke Henderson for is providing me with a glimpse of the top level of women’s golf through the eyes of a 17-year-old (soon to be 18) that see everything as brand new, an adventure. It’s tough to be jaded when you hear somebody ask Henderson about her hectic schedule at last week’s CP Women’s Open and hear her respond that she’s blessed, it’s a good problem to have and “it’s pretty cool to be famous.” … Lydia Ko, 18, got me with this one, too. Despite it being her third championship in Canada, her victory on Sunday marked the first time she could cash a paycheque because her first two triumphs came as an amateur. “Really, the cheque is the last thing I’m thinking about. It’s great to be back in the winner’s circle and to play good golf in front of great crowds was really one of the highlights of this week,” said Ko. There are a few of us who would be glad to take that $337,500 off her hands, just to help her out, of course … I lost count of the number of times I heard the words “cool” and “amazing” used by the tour teens, but it’s a lot of fun … With his T2 finish at the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville on Sunday, Brad Fritsch makes a huge jump up the Web .com Tour money list from 70th to 35th. As it stands right now, Fritsch is well outside the top 25 who will earn PGA Tour cards for next season, but a strong finish this week at the Portland Open could get him there. If not, the top 75 on the money list go on to the Web .com playoffs and join PGA Tour players in competing for status next year over four events … Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner and Toronto’s Albin Choi are fourth and fifth, respectively, on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit, with the top five at the end of the season earning Web .com Tour status, but Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., has jumped into the mix with his T2 finish at the National Capital Open in Ottawa, where he lost in a playoff. Easing the sting was the fact that he jumped from 21st to seventh on the Order of Merit and is only about $4,000 short of the top five. Four tournaments remain on the 2015 schedule, including this week’s Great Waterway Classic in Kingston, Ont. … The FedEx Cup playoffs get underway this week at the Barclays, where Graham DeLaet returns after a thumb injury that first began to affect him back at the RBC Canadian Open a month ago. Joining him are Adam Hadwin, David Hearn and Nick Taylor … Although it hasn’t become official that Canada is actually in one, 57 per cent of respondents to last week’s GNN Poll said they were feeling the effects of a recession at the golf business where they’re employed, with 43 per cent adding that they weren’t seeing any signs … This week’s GNN Poll asks if the last couple of weeks in August and into early September are traditionally earlier in the summer as people take one last vacation or spend time with family before school starts. In the early going, as of this writing, it was close as 54 per cent said no and 46 per cent said yes. You can cast your vote on the GNN home page.
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