Admittedly, there are a lot of “what-ifs” to the question we’re about to ask.
As you heard last week, sponsorship of the FedEx Cup has been extended by 10 years and it’s no secret that both the title sponsor and the PGA Tour would like to get the post-season wrapped up by Labour Day in the future, although nothing is etched in stone.
In order to accommodate such a move-up on the schedule, there has also been talk about the PGA Championship being moved up to May and the Players Championship going back to when it was once played in March.
Still, the tour schedule will still be jammed with events and questions about the future of events such as the RBC Canadian Open. What would happen for example if the Open was placed opposite a higher-profile event on the schedule. Would even Team RBC players be able to resist the bigger event and how would it affect the field in Canada?
As Bill Paul, chief championship officer for Golf Canada, points out here, any discussion of what a future schedule looks as a result of all of this is academic, but former PGA Tour player and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Richard Zokol suggests here that it’s time for RBC and Golf Canada to get more aggressive.
Zokol says RBC has a lot of financial clout on tour with its sponsorship of not only the Canadian Open, but the RBC Heritage and Team RBC and says now may be the time to use it and lobby the tour to make the Canadian Open a World Golf Championships or FedEx Cup playoff event down the road.
One sponsorship that could become available is Dell’s at the FedEx Cup playoff event in Boston, but we’ll see what transpires there.
If that were to happen, and we emphasize the word “if,” it would mean the loss of Canadian content, including the exemptions that led to magnificent stories written by amateur Jared du Toit last year, or Adam Hadwin at the 2011 Open at Shaughnessy in Vancouver.
So, while all of this, admittedly, is speculative, would you be okay with the loss of Canadian content if the Open became a WGC or FedEx Cup playoff event? That’s this week’s question in the GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to add additional thoughts in the Comments section below.
Would you favour the RBC Canadian Open becoming a WGC or FedEx Cup playoff event, even if it means losing Canadian player exemptions?
- YES (77%)
- NO (23%)