I’ll be participating once again in the PGA of Canada Championship, which will be played at Calgary’s Country Hills Golf Club starting Tuesday.
Once again, it will be a match play format, which I love despite my early exit last year. Match play is a blast. Maybe it’s because we don’t play it that much, but it’s so much fun.
You’ll always hear the opinion that match play doesn’t always produce the best player, but it depends on how you define “best player.”
While some big names went out early last year, I think the final four were very good in champion Vincent Dumouchel, Brian McCann, Danny King and Dean Brown, so I don’t agree with that argument.
My only reservation with the format is that it’s tough to get a lot of guys to commit to travel for possibly just one day of competition, but I don’t see any way around that.
Because I like the match play format, I’m willing to take the risk myself, but if somebody’s coming from Ontario, it’s a long way to Calgary for what could just be a practice round and one day of competition.
I’m fortunate with the 2011 and 2012 events played in the Calgary area. It’s an hour flight from here, but maybe, if the event was played in Quebec or the Maritimes, it might be more difficult for me to make the decision to play.
With stroke play, you can have an off day, but get yourself right back into it in the next round, but match play is completely different. A bad day means the end of the tournament.
That might make it difficult for me to decide to play, especially if I wasn’t playing well or playing a lot leading into the tournament.
Still, I have to admit that match play is a big reason that I enjoy the PGA of Canada Championship.