New NatPost Column: Time To Embrace the European Tour for Canadian Open

Today’s National Post golf column is now online. You can find it here.

I tackle the subject of whether to investigate the possibility of moving to the European Tour for the Canadian Open. This has been floated before, but with the drop in attendance figures at the tournament, I think the time is ripe.

Here’s a taste:

It is time to tell commissioner Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour to take a hike, grab the reins of our country’s national open and head for a potential promised land– the European Tour.

Given the diminished field for our national open, the European Tour, with stars such as Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, and Padraig Harrington, seems like a much more attractive proposition.

Over and over during the Canadian Open at Angus Glen’s North Course last week, reporters and fans were told that the players in the field were among the best in the world.

That’s true to a certain extent: Mike Weir, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk are among the game’s elite. But few people were coming to see the other players, even the ones high on the money list such as 2002 Canadian Open champion John Rollins.

Only 91,065 spectators came to Angus Glen last week, down from 101,400 in Ancaster, Ont., in 2006 and 99,000 at Angus Glen when the tournament was held there in 2002.

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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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  • Robert,

    Nice concept but not truly doable. Geoff Ogilvy is NOT a Euro Tour member so there goes one of the names you mentioned prominently. Also, Euro Tour members do get paid appearance dough on their tour if they are of the best quality as other events on the schedule are lobbying to use their marketability, ask Monty how much “show up” money he’s made over the years? Absolutely staggering I bet. Long live events like Dubai, Qatar and this weeks Russian Open.

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