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New NatPost Column: Canadians in Collingwood

Today’s National Post column, on the Wayne Gretzky Classic in the Collingwood area, is now online.

Here’s a taste:

It is the tale of three golfers. There is Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., considered a rising star in Canadian golf circles, but whose career has been derailed in the last two years by various back ailments. Then there’s Ian Leggatt, the Cambridge, Ont., golfer and former PGA Tour winner who is trying to find his way back after years of struggles. Finally, there’s David Hearn of Brantford, Ont. He got a glimpse of the PGA Tour, but couldn’t play to the level needed to remain there.

This week all three – along with four other Canadian Nationwide Tour regulars – are in the Collingwood, Ont., area for the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, a Nationwide Tour event that could propel them back onto the PGA Tour.

“I think being Canadian, this event makes a big difference,” Hearn said.

“The Canadian events on the Nationwide Tour in the past were successful for me, especially to be able to play in front of hometown fans, or Canadian fans in general. All of the Canadians love playing the Canadian Open and playing in front of hometown galleries, and there’s the same sort of feel here.”

The full column is here.

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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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