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Monday at CanOpen Washed Away

The RCGA has put out an advisory that Canadian Open activities at Glen Abbey on Monday have been washed out by heavy rains on Saturday. The pro-am is also off, the RCGA notes, but the qualifying at Rattlesnake, where I’m heading, is still a go despite questionable weather. Oh well, I hold an umbrella as well as anyone.

Not sure if the hush-hush Presidents Day activities at St. George’s are still going ahead. This is the event where the sponsor pays a boatload of cash to get the best players in the field — like Retief Goosen, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames and others — to tee it up with clients. Can you say “appearance fee?” Well not quite, but the Presidents Day concept has been well used in the past to lure better players to Canada. Watch for Royal Bank head Gord Nixon will be there playing — at least from Islington, since spectators aren’t going to be welcome at the private St. George’s.

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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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