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One response to “Global Golf Post: Can Canadian Open Move to Next Level?”

  1. Bob L

    Robert, you mentioned some of the comments pro and con for the Cdn Open to be a WGC or FedEx event so that it could generate additional funds for Golf Canada.
    At one time the Cdn Open was considered the 5th major, now it is a 3rd tier event. The event is so poorly judged by the PGA tour player that virtually the only top 50 players attending were bribed by sponsor RBC with annual sponsor fees.
    Traditionally Canada has a higher percentage of golfers playing than the USA. However Canada has had very few great players. The best being George Knudson and Mike Wier, both a long way from International Hall of Fame status, however, Golf Canada has improved the coaching and competition for young golfers the same as Basketball Canada or Tennis Canada have. If they continue Canada will eventually have some top golfers.
    This article comes out the same week the USGA announces a $100 million a year TV contract. It isn’t public knowledge what revenue the Canadian Opens receive and you can’t compare because American events are majors but transparency would help in any discussion.
    It took years to destroy the reputation for many reasons, it will take some time to restore the reputation.
    I said it before and I will say it again, making the Cdn Open a WGC or FedEx event is a quick fix covering up the years of mismanagement by the RCGA(Golf Canada) and misses the whole point of being a national open.

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