Lots of final thoughts on the Open:
- Good thing Jim Furyk won. At least that guarantees there will be three Top 50 players in the field next year (Weir, Ames and Jim). Don’t expect to see many more though, which will be a big disappointment considering how entertaining the tournament was this year. After all, Furyk said he would have skipped next year’s event if he hadn’t won…
- Is is possible to stay an amateur and have Nike issue a press release about you? Well, Victor Ciesielski, the amateur from Cambridge who caught the attention of fans with his paints and his game, works for Nike hitting balls at demo days. But you might think there’s more of a relationship as per the Nike press release: “In his Canadian Open debut, Victor used Nike Pro Combo Tour irons, the SasQuatch 9.5-degree Tour driver, the Nike One Platinum ball, and wore Nike apparel including the SP6 Tour shoes.”
- John Gordon reports that Stephen Ames may not have been as hurt as he let on. Or at least his trainer didn’t know about it. Ames’ agent later said the trainer wouldn’t know about the injury, which struck me as a bit odd.
- James Lepp may have the worst attitude of any terrific golfer I’ve ever met. The kid seems terribly hard on himself, and though he didn’t make the cut, he played well on Thursday. But then he uttered his comment: “I think other people have more confidence in me than I have in myself.” Wow. His girlfriend was apparently so concerned that she pulled a noted sports psychologist aside and asked for some help for James. I hope he can get it together — but I’m beginning to wonder whether he has the psychological makeup to do it.
- At least one noted businessman approached me during the tournament to ask why the RCGA hadn’t simply bought out Gordon Stollery instead of taking the tournament to Angus Glen North next year. And how mad was the RCGA at Davis Love for not showing up? I’m sure they wanted him to do a sales job on the course; instead he was in the Carolinas. Oh, and we’ve finally figured out who hired Love to rework Angus. The RCGA said it was Stollery and Stollery said the RCGA. Turns out it was the call of Bill Paul, the RCGA’s tournament director. At least that’s what he told a local radio station.
- How about a rotation that doesn’t involve new courses — like the U.S. Open does. Hamilton, Westmount, Shaughnessy and Royal Montreal. Oh, and slip St. George’s in. I’ve spoken at length with St. George’s officials who say there was a plan in place for the Presidents Cup to hold 20,000 fans. That’s about the same as Hamilton held this week. Of course this would mean the end of the Terrebonne project — which apparently is not moving very quickly, as one eye witness told me this week.
That’s it for the time being. I’m off to Dick Zokol’s CJGA fundraising tournament now, and then to Devil’s Paintbrush tomorrow. Next week I’m off to work on a story in Scotland — including rounds at Turnberry, Troon, Nairn, Cruden Bay and Kingsbarns. Can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to that trip! Thanks for reading and keep them in the fairways….