I won’t be able to play because of my designation, but the move of the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada to Arizona is a good one. You can read more about that here.
By saying that, I mean no disrespect to the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Financially, they treated the PGA of Canada just great and it’s a beautiful facility with three great golf courses.
The two golf courses that we played for the event were outstanding and the staff was unbelievable, so it made sense for the PGA of Canada to hold it there.
In the past, there has been talk about moving the championship out west and now that it has, I think you’ll see numbers from British Columbia, Alberta and probably Saskatchewan jump up. From a western perspective, Florida was a challenge to get to and it was expensive.
I tried flying on points a couple of times and I’d go from Vancouver to Toronto to Philadelphia to West Palm Beach in getting there. Coming home, I’d go West Palm to Washington to Chicago to Vancouver.
It was always a challenge to get there, but once you were there, like I said, it was a great place and I loved it. However, I think the trip scared a few people off from the west.
Going to Arizona is a shorter flight from the west and it’s simple with the option of four or five airlines. That makes is a lot more attractive for guys from the west.
The usual suspects are always going to play and it has the reputation of being such a great event. The PGA of Canada and Titleist/FootJoy go all-out and it’s such a great week.
I would love to play the event after winning it in 200, but even though I’m not eligible to go this year, I’m really looking forward to seeing how it goes in Arizona.