Sharknado 2! The Second One will open to the public on Wednesday and in many ways, it’s like golf course rankings. In both cases, you’ll hear a lot about them for a little while, then they will go away and you’ll forget all about them, until someone reminds you such as the golf courses that use the rankings as a marketing tool. Some will like the rankings/movie, some will argue how ridiculous the premise is and others will simply roll their eyes. Personally, I’m more likely to believe in a waterspout picking up sharks out of the ocean and dumping them on New York than believe that golf courses all across this land can be ranked properly … So, a likeable 25-year-old who is three-quarters of the way to the career grand slam, who has had his personal life and other off-course controversies among headlines isn’t enough to “move the needle” in golf? In the wake of Rory McIlroy’s win at the British Open, the dominant topic has been how Tiger Woods will get into the FedEx Cup playoffs or whether he’ll be a captain’s pick at the Ryder Cup. The media, TV and the PGA Tour itself is guilty of what golf is constantly accused of – living in the past and feeding off Woods’ accomplishments. Not that Tiger is washed up, but when did putting the focus on McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth or others mean ignoring Tiger? Once again, short term thinking will mean long term pain.
Is August 1 Really Coming Up?
Dominic Bozzelli of Pittsford, N.Y., shot a 63 in the final round of the Southern Ontario Open to win by one over Will Strickler of Dallas. Christopher Ross of Dundas, Ont., was top Canadian at Hidden Lake in Burlington, Ont., at 15 under, two shots behind Bozzelli … Three majors done and the RBC Canadian Open wrapped up. Is it me or is this golf season flying by? … Adam Hadwin, despite playing in last week’s RBC Canadian Open, is still solid in the Web .com Tour’s top 25 on the money list who graduate to the PGA Tour. Hadwin, who won the Chile Classic, is eighth, while Roger Sloan, who won the Nova Scotia Classic a few weeks back, is 18th … As if to illustrate the point, Dicks Sporting Goods cuts hundreds of golf-related jobs in the U.S., just a day after last week’s GNN Poll went up, asking readers how they would describe their job security these days. Only 34 per cent felt solid in their employment was solid with 37 per cent describing their job security as shaky, 18 per cent saying day by day and 11 per cent saying they are currently out of work.
Whistle Bear’s New Clubhouse And More
Jim Furyk may not have won a PGA Tour event since the 2010 Tour Championship, but his second-place finish at the RBC Canadian Open vaulted him from 10th in the world rankings to eighth … Woods, by the way, fell from ninth to 10th in the rankings … After his T7 finish at Royal Montreal, Graham DeLaet moved up a few notches from 38th to 35th in the world. David Hearn stayed steady within the top 100 at 93rd. Brad Fritsch is still well down the list, but he made a good stride forward with his T9 placing in Montreal, vaulting from 337th in the world to 301st … Mike Weir is still on the outside looking in on the FedEx Cup top 125. Weir is 131st after the Open, while Fritsch is 163rd after moving up five spots after his showing in Montreal. DeLaet and Hearn are in solid, holding down 26th and 70th spots, respectively, after the Open … Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont., the new venue for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, will open its new clubhouse designed by Hicks Partnership, on Thursday. “The vision for this project has been to create a stately clubhouse modeled after some of the great East Coast clubhouses of America such as Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, the Ocean Course in Kiawah and Maidstone in the East Hamptons, New York,” said Canadian architect Bill Hicks.