Canadian Open: Wednesday Media

There’s a fair bit of good set-up coverage of the Canadian Open, despite the fact half the day was rained out.

Our own intrepid Fairway Stevie showed up with his video camera and shot some footage, including an interview with yours truly. Find the video, including comments from Stephen Ames and Anthony Kim here.

Speaking of video, ScoreGolf has a team of reporters and technical guys at the Canadian Open, doing a ton of video. The Canadian Open Report is here. Love the uniforms guys!

The Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin leaves the Blue Jays for a day to write about Jim Furyk.

Lorne Rubenstein says the National would be a great Canadian Open venue if it didn’t have one big stumbling block:

OAKVILLE, ONT. ” The National Golf Club of Canada in Woodbridge, Ont., was buzzing Tuesday evening because Mike Weir had played the course that day and shot 66, five under par. Nobody noticed that Parker McLachlin, a fine young player who tied for fifth place at the AT&T Classic in Atlanta in May, had just come in with his wife, Kristy, for dinner as the guest of a member. They were all talking about how Weir had played the National.

The National is Canada’s strongest course and the No. 1-ranked course, according to ScoreGolf magazine. Golfers in the RBC Canadian Open, which starts today at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, and who have played the course, know its power. Meanwhile, the Royal Canadian Golf Association, and the Royal Bank of Canada, the tournament’s new title sponsor, want the country’s best courses to hold its national championship. So why shouldn’t the National be at the top of the list?

Weir wondered that same thing yesterday at Glen Abbey. He had played St. George’s in Toronto on Monday, and spoke highly of this Stanley Thompson-designed course that will stage the 2010 Canadian Open. But he was effusive in his praise of the National, which Tom Fazio and his uncle George designed in the early 1970s, and which, with some recent changes, stands up as Canada’s most stringent examination of a golfer’s abilities.

“It’s the strongest course I’ve played in this country,” Weir said. “It’s stronger than here [Glen Abbey] and St. George’s. I don’t know why they couldn’t have the tournament there.”

The column is here.

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