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Random notes from the rough: Golf architect Graham Cooke apparently landed the job “restoring” Brantford Golf & CC because he played a number of competitive rounds at the course. That might be the worst reason I’ve ever heard for hiring an architect … Ottawa tech billionaire Terry Matthews wants the Canadian Open at his Marshes Golf Club in Kanata, according to a report. When asked if he wanted to host the Canadian Open, Matthews said: “I think so. We would need to spend some money increasing the size of the golf facilities. I don’t like to do anything second rate. First, I have to get the Ryder Cup course completed. There are still three holes to complete and I have to get a new clubhouse under my belt before I can put the focus over here (on Brookstreet).” Matthews then reached into his pants’ pocket and turned it inside-out. “There are limits to how far the pocket goes down,” he chuckled. Might help if the Marshes was a better golf course, instead of an average course built behind some office buildings. It might be the least attractive site for a golf course in recent memory … Think everyone is in love with Phil. Think again. Without Tiger in the Open, ratings were stinky. In fact, Saturday ratings were the lowest since 1982 … Colin Montgomerie had an altercation with a police officer after screwing up the final hole at Winged Foot … Jack Nicklaus has only played 11 rounds of golf over the last year, according to a story from Canadian Press. He still managed to shoot 68 in PEI in an exhibition versus Tom Watson … Given the amount of money that PEI is said to have spent on the Nicklaus/Watson event, it is hard to imagine how the island will ever garner enough visitors to pay for it … Adam Scott skipped a ride on Ernie Els’ plane to go back to Winged Foot and congratulate countryman Geoff Ogilvy … Now that Ogilvy has won the U.S. Open, do you think people will stop confusing him with Joe Ogilvie? I doubt it.

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Robert Thompson

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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