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Canadians on Top at Mercedes

There isn’t a single Canadian sports reporter in Hawaii covering the Mercedes, which is bad luck since for the first time in recent memory, two Canadians — Mike Weir and Stephen Ames — sit atop the leaderboard.

Weir is at -8, while Ames is at -7.

So what does everyone focus on? The weather in Canada, where Ames lives (Weir is in Utah).

“We’re probably the least ready for it as far as practice round, Stephen in Calgary and me in Salt Lake,” Weir said in a story on PGATour.com. “I asked Stephen earlier in the week and he said he hadn’t done much at all, either. Maybe there’s something to that.”

Truthfully, the coverage of the event is generally pretty lackluster. It would appear few reporters are actually in Hawaii, not surprising perhaps considering neither Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in the field.

So what are the chances either Weir or Ames can hold on? Strikes me that if the conditions remain windy and tough, both have a good shot. And I’d like their chances better than Brandt Snedeker (whose only strength is putting) or Nick Watney. Winning would demonstrate both are back at the top of their games — not just winners of late season events with mediocre fields.

Oh, and leave it to PGATour.com to come up with a headline like “Spectacular Play, Eh?”

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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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