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Lehman in Collingwood, more players announced for CanOpen

Tom Lehman believes in God, but he isn’t asking Him for help winning the Ryder Cup. At least that’s what Lehman told me today when I interviewed him for the Post about the Ryder Cup. Lehman was in Collingwood to open The [photopress:lehman.jpg,full,alignright]Raven at Lora Bay, one of my favourite courses to open in recent memory.

Among the revelations from Lehman:

– Tiger Woods will not play with Phil Mickelson. That didn’t work the first time it was tried and Lehman said that was because the pair have such different approaches to the game. Apparently Lehman sees Jim Furyk as a potential partner for Woods.

– Davis Love III, when told he would not be on the team, took the news “like the southern gentleman he is.”

– Lucas Glover, on the other hand, was silent.

– Lehman figures there are all sorts of people angry in his home state of Minnesota for not picking Tim “Lumpy” Herron.

– He said he once asked Arnold Palmer how many courses he was building as part of his design firm. Palmer said 62. “What both Tom and I bring to the table is the attention to detail. When you do 62 courses, you leave that to someone else.”

Canadian Press has a general piece on Lehman’s trip to Collingwood.

Oh, and when asked about the trees that block out the lake view on several holes at Lora Bay, McBroom said: “We would need a major hurricane (to clear those trees). I don’t know if anyone can arrange one.”

Lastly, McBroom, prior to the morning round that saw the media play nine holes, told me I have become golf’s “answer to Don Cherry.” I told him I don’t mind being controversial, but I am more fond of midnight blue and grey suits…

Apparently at least one Ryder Cupper is going to make it to Toronto for the tournament. Stewart Cink will be coming, according to an announcement by the RCGA, along with John Daly and Nick Price. Price is interesting as he’s clearly nearing the senior tour and hasn’t played well. Daly, well, I guess the Niagara casino isn’t too far away, but it’ll be interesting to see where he sets up his trailer to sell merch when he withdraws on Friday, like the last tournament at Hamilton in 2003.

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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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  • I have a good feeling that Lehman will be strong Ryder Cup captain.

    I have a feeling he will pull off a win (unlike Hal Sutton – brutal).

  • At least one Ryder Cupper will make it to Toronto…?

    I think Furyk and Di Marco had commtied to come to the BCO as well…

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