Canadian Open — Bell one of several sponsors?

Rumours out there suggest Bell Canada is backing away from the Canadian Open, but will still remain as a part sponsor. The speculation is Bell will become one of several sponsors for the event, and naming rights will disappear. Thank god, if this is true. I never called it “the Bell Canadian Open,” and now apparently, I won’t have to worry about it any longer. Expect something to be officially announced in February, six months after the situation supposed to be resolved.
The new TV deal sounds like it could put more pressure on the RCGA to come up with additional purse revenue, which could be a problem given the discussion about how badly ticket sales went at Shaughnessy this past September.

  • Why is there a photo of a chick in a bathing suit on G4G? Well that chick is Hollywood uber-babe Jessica Alba and I only put the photo up for pure journalistic explanation. Chris Lewis in SI writes a piece about why three of the “Big Four” aren’t in Hawaii. While Lewis is speaking to Ben Crane, this occurs: “Asked on Wednesday if he could explain why anyone, however rich or family-committed, would pass up a chance to be here, Crane poked his head out of his pro-am golf cart, took a quick pan around the property, raised his eyebrows and shrugged.
    It was right about then that Crane’s caddie, Brett Waldman, as if for emphasis, looked up from a text message and announced that Jessica Alba was lying out at the pool down the road at the Ritz-Carlton.” So see — Ms. Alba does have something to do with golf. And I just wanted to give you the opportunity to live like a PGA Tour pro at a tournament in Hawaii. Really….
  • Ben Wright has a story in Links Magazine about what he hates about cart golf. I’m surprised he didn’t write about his concerns about lesbians invading the LPGA Tour….

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