I’ve been hearing rumblings about this for a while — the world’s best golfer is coming to Canada, but it ain’t for the RBC Canadian Open.
Instead, according to sources and a non-denial in a Halifax newspaper, apparently Tiger Woods is coming to Ron Joyce’s Fox Harb’r, a resort in rural Nova Scotia. This appears to be a repeat of the Nike event held at Magna a few years back — which means really limited media on site and no public, as well as a big-price for those participating in the event. You’ll recall that Joyce and Elliott Isenor played with Woods at the Magna event, as did Angus Glen owner Gord Stollery.
Sources confirmed to me the dates are immediately following the US Open at Bethpage Black, which is a short trip by plane to Nova Scotia.
In one of the better non-denial denials, Isenor seems to confirm the event is taking place:
“I cant deny or confirm anything until we get closer,” Elliott Isenor, head professional at Fox Harbr, said Friday evening.
“Its their event,” he said, referring to Nike Golf Canada. “Theyre the ones who are looking after everything.”
The Halifax Chronicle calls the event a “fundraiser,” though the Magna event was more about Nike clients, with a fundraising component for Tiger’s foundation.
I must admit to finding Nike’s strategy on these Tiger events to be a bit perplexing. By limiting the media — and holding the event at a remote spot like Fox Harb’r — the company ends up playing favourites — last time only TSN got access to Woods. The company would surely get more media coverage and attention if it opened up the event to at least a press conference, but I doubt that’s likely to happen.
For the record, this will mean Woods has been back in Canada three four times since he last played a Canadian Open. The first time was for an American Express event, followed by the Magna outing, the Presidents Cup and now the Fox Harb’r event. Will he ever make it back to the Canadian Open? I wouldn’t hold my breath as long as it follows the British Open.