Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum offered no new insight into the removal of Brent McLaughlin as tournament director midway through the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.
“This decision is a confidential Golf Canada employee matter. Given that, I’m unable to provide further details,” said Applebaum during a morning press conference on Saturday.
Bill Paul, who served as tournament director for 22 years, replaces McLaughlin for the remainder of the tournament.
“What I can tell you is that Bill is a 35-year employee of Golf Canada and over 22 years of experience running this great tournament,” said Applebaum.
“Effective (Saturday), Bill Paul took over as our interim tournament director of the Canadian Open, Our entire tournament team will be reporting to Bill and he has my complete and full support,” he added.
It’s unclear what this situation will affect the CP Women’s Open, which will be played Aug. 24-27 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. McLaughlin also served as tournament director of that event.
“It’s wonderful to have Bill here because he has experience with the CP Women’s Open event. We’ll be making some review through the duration of this week and next week, we’ll have an announcement regarding the interim tournament director there, as well,” said Applebaum.