Day Three at Canadian Open: Reavie Continues, Weir on TV and a New Date?

I was home on Saturday, since the Post doesn’t have a Sunday paper. I watched Saturday’s coverage on my PVR. Lots of Mike Weir, Eric Axley, and Chez Reavie. But what was the deal cutting away at 6 pm? Couldn’t this have been extended — thrown to the Golf Channel or something? It cut away with the leaders in the middle of their rounds — and even without the rain delay coverage wouldn’t have seen the leaders to the end of their round. Strange and pretty poor.

With that in mind I trolled the papers this morning. The Star’s Dave Perkins compared Anthony Kim — one shot off the lead — to Tiger Woods. He also had a good point on Canadian Dustin Risdon — who will make about $10,000 today regardless of how he finishes, which is about three first place showings on the Canadian Tour. Well maybe not, but you get the point.

So who wins? Can Chez Reavie hold on? The Star has a piece on the strange timing of Reavie’s rounds. May thoughts? I think Anthony Kim takes this one with a 67 after Reavie falters.

The Canadian Press’ intrepid Chris Johnston takes care of rounding up the Canadians, including comments on a good round by David Hearn and Mike Weir’s chances of winning from six strokes back (which are likely non-existent unless he shoots 63 or 64).

Score’s Peter Robinson has a smart blog on the state of the U.S. economy and its potential to change the Canadian Open date. The logic goes like this: a number of U.S. banks exposed to the subprime disaster, and car companies getting killed by high oil costs, could very possibly cut their marketing budgets, including the multi-millioins the likes of Buick spend on PGA Tour golf. If one of them decides to bail, and that’s very possible, Royal Bank will be in the position to demand a shot at the date if it works given Canadian weather (which means it would have to be in June thru September). Likely? Probably not. Possible? Sure is.

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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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  • Robert:

    While I generally agree with much of the information you provide I think that was an irresponsible shot at the Cantour.

    Cantour provides a Double AA type tour on which these golfers can better themselves for the step up to the Nationwide and eventually the PGA. Without tours like the Cantour where would they go for this training.

    Just ask several of the present day PGA regulars what they think of the Cantour, I will bet they are glad the opportunity was available.

    The money is small but with a bit better media coverage perhaps it could grow to provide better purses. This is where people like yourself come into play, by providing positive coverage and not taking small potshots you could help the tour.

    If they deserve negative type remarks then it’s your duty to do so, but in this case I think you you overstepped your responsibilty.

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