Norman out; Muskoka Bay opens; Wie Whackers

Greg Norman won’t be playing in the British Open. The Shark has said while his surgically repaired knee is in top shape, his game is not.

“My knee is fine,” he said. “My game just isn’t where I want it to be.”

Maybe he’s been spending too much time walking around Uxbridge to practice?

A few new courses opened over the past weekend, including The Raven at Lora Bay, which I really, really liked, and the much heralded Muskoka Bay (bad names for both courses — what’s with the “bay” bit? Can’t anyone be original these days?). I haven’t had the time to get up and see Muskoka Bay, but Ian Andrew has. He apparently really liked it (he was one of the designers behind it, along with lead architect Doug Carrick), but he has some critiques that are worth noting.

On Friday I played Eagles Nest. It continues to be my favourite public course in Toronto, and was in top shape. Tough as nails, but fair. What more can you ask for? I also had a chance to play Firerock near London, which has matured into a fine course. I still don’t like the second and third holes, but the rest of the course is great, and it has one of the best closers in Canada. I also stopped by the Hunt Club in London, which will host the LPGA Tour stop in August. Better than I remembered, and I’ll write a full review in coming days.

A quiet course worth checking out, if you can find your way on, is Cherry Hill near Fort Erie. Steve Waxman loves it, which is understandable.

Lorne Rubenstein writes about the “Wie whackers,” though he clearly is a big fan of the 16-year-old Wie. His column in Score is here. Dave Perkins at the Star agrees. Too bad she still can’t putt.

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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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  • I don’t know if you watched the final round but Wie’s putting wasn’t the issue. She didn’t miss any makeable putts, at least not on Sunday. The reason that she didn’t win is that she didn’t take advantage of the par 5s – I believe she played them at even par when she should have been about 4 under on the 5s.

  • ‘Shouldn’t one occasionally update a so-called golf blog?’

    Oh man, that is low blow after the whistle….

    Steve Waxman should be left alone to attract his own audience. I read a few of his ‘bores’, ahemm, I meant blogs…I can find no reasons for the blogs to continue to exist.

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