In my previous two blogs, I’ve been discussing Angus Glen hosting the Canadian Open when I worked there 10 years ago.
A controversy that popped up as we prepared to host the Open in 2002 was the PGA Tour cutting down the rough, which led to some criticism of Angus Glen as a Canadian Open venue.
We had the rough up and, of course, we wanted the golf course to be tough and look fantastic on television, but when you sign up, the PGA Tour owns the golf course for a certain amount of time and, inside the ropes, you have no say.
They cut the rough lower than what we wanted, but that’s what can happen when you take on the Open, so I had no issue with it. There’s really nothing you can say because we knew it going in.
At the time, titanium drivers and lively golf balls were really making their presence felt on tour. I remember Richard Zokol saying that with the new drivers and golf balls, he was hitting it 15 yards farther than earlier in his career.
So, golf course set-up and equipment were factors in how the Canadian Open played out that year, but the way you look at it is that everybody’s playing the same course and you hope for a competitive event. I like to see birdies out there as much as anybody.
While some people might have thought of that as a controversy, we just looked at it as part of the deal when you host a prestigious PGA Tour event such as the Canadian Open.