My latest Sympatico column, on the failure of basically any of Canada’s male PGA Tour pros to play well (with the exception of David Hearn), is now live:
With six Canadian men teeing it up on the PGA Tour this year, it looked like our country might finally get some respect as a golfing nation, the type already lauded on the Swedes and the Aussies. Now almost four full months into the 2011 campaign, it would be fair to characterize this year as a bust for Canadians playing the PGA Tour.
To this point, Canadian male golfers on tour have made a total of two Top 10 finishes, with one coming by Stephen Ames, who accomplished it in an opposite-field event. Truthfully the sole bright spot has been Brantford, Ont.’s David Hearn, who finished sixth at the Shell Houston Open earlier this month. How did he follow that performance up? By missing the cut in his next event. It has been that kind of year.
Sure, Saskatchewan’s Graham DeLaet, a bright light as a rookie last year, has been out all season rehabbing from back surgery. But that doesn’t account for the inability of either Vernon, B.C.’s Chris Baryla, or Kingston, Ont.’s Matt McQuillan to actually more than one cut between them. Worse yet, both of these twenty-somethings are shooting scores that wouldn’t be respectable in your Sunday foursome. Making cuts, and in turn making cash, is the name of the game on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately neither has been close very often, with round totals starting with the number eight coming far too often.