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Random thoughts that could become columns pt. 22: Scott on Prez Cup? McLean's Awful Announcing, Weir's whacky wedges

Lots happening in golf now, though it seems like the season is winding up in Ontario. I know this is the case when my instructor, the venerable Bruce McCarrol, starts announcing his last lesson (last week of Sept., in case you were wondering).

Anyway, here’s thoughts that could become columns:

  • Adam Scott. Come again? Adam Scott? Yep, Greg Norman picks Scott today to play on the Presidents Cup team. Now you could easily argue against Norman’s other pick — Ryo Ishikawa — who I think is a bit overrated at this point, but Adam Scott? What has he done lately? Nothing is the answer. He’s missed 10 cuts this year in 18 starts on the PGA Tour, has a scoring average higher than par, and dumped his swing coach. Now Norman was one of the greatest players in history not to play to his potential (all those major failures that should have been wins) and now it looks like he’s put himself in a hole at the Presidents Cup after the International team lost at Royal Montreal in 2007. It isn’t like Scott has been some sort of standout at the event — sporting a 7-6-2 record and 0-3 in singles. “Something of a reach,” is what one media outlet said about Scott’s selection. Now there’s an understatement.
  • Nice to see the Globe’s Allan Maki cover the CN Canadian Women’s Open. But he appeared to be one of the few major reporters to cover the event, and there were very few golf writers from this country in Calgary. Wonder what CN makes of that considering its sponsorship is up for renewal?
  • Did anyone catch Ron MacLean announcing the CN Canadian Womens Open from Alberta? Did the guy simply owe CBC some extra days, because clearly everything he learned about golf was determined from playing charity scrambles with hockey players. Fave MacLean moment? On Saturday Lorena Ochoa hits a ball well right on 18, and in bounces and gets caught up in a silly tree that Priddis Greens planted at some point in the last decade (they looked ridiculous, btw). The ball momentarily stays in the tree and MacLean says Ochoa would have had to play it from the tree. Judy Rankin, who always does an excellent job, had to point out to MacLean that Ochoa could, of course, take an unplayable. MacLean probably thought that was what one did when the puck gets stuck in the boards…
  • Okay, Mike Weir has had a strange year. He started strongly then turfed almost all of his support staff. He’s looked great at times and driven the ball poorly at others. On Saturday he was near the lead when he arrived at the 18th hole at TPC at Boston, a three-shot par-5 for him. From 90 yards with a hazard in front of him, he laid sod all over the ball and hit his approach about 40 yards into the swamp. The next shot was almost equally bad. He eventually took a 7 on the hole, in addition to an quadruple 8 on a hole during Sunday’s round. Last year at this event Johnny Miller called Weir the “best wedge player in the world.” What’s Johnny’s take now? And what must have been running through Weir’s mind, considering he probably hasn’t hit a wedge that badly since he was in grade school.
  • Played Tarandowah on Monday. Is there a course that is more fun to play in Ontario? Osprey Valley maybe?
  • Out at Coppinwood for the first time tomorrow. I’ve heard plenty about the club since Kevin Thistle took earlier this year. It’ll be interesting to get a lay of the land.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • Robert, have they neated things up at Tarandowah yet, as I have not been back since my first visit in the early summer.

  • Norman is apparently hoping for a miracle as far as Scotts play is concerned. His 09 stats:
    – GIR 168th
    – Putting 194th
    – Scoring 174th
    – Sand Saves 137th
    – All Around 184th
    – Driving Accuracy 161st

    How he maintains a 53rd in the world ranking is a mystery.

  • I played Tarandowah on Monday as well, in an unusual East wind for the course. It is in great condition (except the 1st green).

    Why do things need to be “neated up” at Tarandowah. That’s the point, wild untamed golf. All the playable areas of the course are fine.

    If you want an 18000 sq ft clubhouse or a paved parking lot or paved cart paths you will be disappointed.

    If you want an exceptional GOLF experience unlike any other in Ontario at an exceptional price, this is the course you need to play.

  • Tarandowah is simply the best bang for the buck golf in Ontario. And that’s a tall task given their proximity to Forest City National in London that would place a close second in this category.

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