Canadian Jon Mills managed a strong Sunday to win the Nationwide Tour event at Whistlebear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont. He follows in the steps of David Hearn, who won the Nationwide Event in Alberta last year. The win assures Mills a spot in the Top 20 on the Nationwide and a chance to play on the big show, the PGA Tour, next year. Mills might just be the real deal. While Hearn has struggled for much of his rookie year, Mills hits the ball a ton and could be one of those long hitters who excels on the PGA Tour. We’ll see….
At a windy, nasty Royal Aberdeen, Tom Watson managed to hold off a charging Shark and an Irishman to take the British Senior title. Nice to see Watson play so well on a links, the type of golf course where he made his reputation. Des Smyth lost to Watson in a playoff. Interesting that Aberdeen, which is not a long golf course, played so tough. Too bad the British Open hasn’t seen the kind of wind that hit this eastern Scottish course during almost every round.
The Battle of the Bridges, apparently the last for a while, will be played this evening. Ho-hum. I never found this made-for-TV event to be compelling enough to watch in the first place. John Daly plays with Tiger Woods. Yawn. Retief Goosen? My god. Phil Mickelson? Who tunes in to watch this?
Golfweek magazine is reporting that the Oct. 13-16 LPGA Samsung World Championship in California is going to be Michelle Wie’s professional debut. The magazine also said Wie was in line to sign a multiyear deal with Nike in the neighborhood of $10-million dollars. Maybe then we’ll actually find out who pays all of Wie’s expenses — cause her dad is paying for a private jet to France on a professor’s salary.
Speaking of Wie, Frank Hannigan at Golfobserver.com has an interesting column that suggests maybe Wie will skip the US Amateur because her father is worried that her value will decline if she loses again. Might be something to this. Wie is playing in the Women’s British Open this week, and will find it tough to make a starting time at the amateur, without the aid of — you guessed it — a private jet.