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Adams caddies; McLean tries to make it in South Carolina and Always Fresh launch

Russ Adams, the occasional Blue Jays shortstop, has another gig and unlike his tenure with the Jays, he’s hoping not to drop the ball. Adams is caddying for his brother, Frank Adams III, in South Carolina at the first round of the PGA Tour’s Q-School.

“It’s probably harder on me than it is on him,” Russ admitted. “He has been in those situations before, it’s all part of playing under pressure. I’d never had to play (golf) or watch under pressure until I started to caddy for him. It can be pretty nerve-wracking at times but I try to keep that to myself and try to keep the clubs clean, keep the balls clean and not say the wrong thing.”

Since he hasn’t shown it on the diamond, let’s hope Adams has better hands on the golf course than Steve Williams. Full Adams story is here.

As we speak, my friend and Canadian Tour pro Alan McLean is teeing it up in South Carolina. The fact that McLean could go to Q-School is a testament to RiverBend Golf and Country Club in London, Ont., whose members raised $6,000 to give Alan a shot. He made it through to the Nationwide Tour in 2005, and comes to the tournament playing very well.

In other news…

  • Apparently Phil Mickelson’s lengthy time off means he’ll be ready for 2007. Thank God. I was beginning to worry the man would have to take the entire year off to recover. “I’m looking for a career year out of Mickelson,” said coach Dave Pelz. Doesn’t Pelz mean a career six months?
  • SI’s Gary Vansickle raises some questions about the departure of Michelle Wie’s agent. Quite funny, but Wie’s camp seems to go through more personnel than John Daly does cigarettes…
  • Speaking of which, Daly isn’t going to make the top 125 list on the tour and therefore will have to play on sponsor’s exemptions. David Duval, on the other hand, will get by through an exemption for being in the Top 40 money winners of all-time.

Finally , last night was the successful launch of Always Fresh, the autobiography of Tim Hortons’ co-founder Ron Joyce that I co-authored (lots of co this and that…). The party had double-double martinis and tons of friends and family. People scooped up books (which seems to be a trend — Always Fresh was at #17 on Amazon.ca’s best sellers list yesterday), and Timbits were consumed. All in all, it was a great way to finish a project that took more than a year of my life. Nice to see the book being embraced by those who have read it, including Canada AM host Beverly Thomson, who called the book “amazing.” Pick up a copy — I think you will also enjoy the tale of the creation of one of Canada’s iconic businesses.

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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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