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Play with Davis Love?; Weir at Pres Cup?; Tiger Fails

While searching for my NatPost column on line today I noticed an ad that said “90 Golfers. One Course. Davis Love.” Turns out that Davis Love, who is in town to explain the work he’s done to the North Course in preparation for the Canadian Open, will be playing with three lucky chaps willing to part with $5,000 for the pleasure. The other 86 players apparently get the privilege of playing the course while Love is on it.

The question now is whether Love will be back for the Canadian Open in July. It will sure be embarrassing for all involved if he’s not.

If you want to play int he event, check it out here.

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Lorne Rubenstein’s latest column raises the question about whether Mike Weir will be in the field.

Weir has time to make the team automatically, based on his world ranking through the PGA Championship in August. Given that this isn’t a sure thing, folks at this grand old club, which honours its past in so many ways, are a bit nervous.

“I hope he’ll be here,” a female member said while playing the 14th hole this week. “But he’s struggling.” Then the woman, like Weir a left-handed golfer, smacked her shot down the fairway.

Weir is currently ranked 17th, while Ames is ranked 13th. Weir was a big factor in getting the event to Montreal, but his game is not where it should be these days. Ames started the year well but has not played exceptionally well lately. Could it be that both will be watching the event on TV? PresCup standings are here.

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Tiger gets the best of anything — that is unless it is a golf field. Woods said yesterday that a lot of golfers did not plan to play at the International, and are skipping his Washington event that was created following the International’s demise.

“I’ve asked people and I’m going to continue to ask,” Woods said yesterday during a promotional stopover at Congressional, the site of the 1964 and 1997 U.S. Opens and the 1976 PGA. “It’s a difficult time. A lot of guys had their schedules set before we got our date and it’s a date when most of the European players want to be in Europe getting ready for the British Open.”

If Woods can’t get the best to play in an invitational event with a small field and a US$6 million purse, what chance does the Canadian Open have?

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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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  • Those people who choose to skip Tiger’s DC event better think twice before they make their decision if they want to get invited to the Tiger ‘hand-out’ event called Target World Challenge where even the last place finisher get over USD$100K.

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