My latest Sympatico column is generating some discussion, apparently because I’ve been deemed too negative by readers. Oh well. Realistically if half of our six on tour are back with full playing privileges next year, that will be a success.
Here’s a taste:
Never has there been so much Canadian talent on the PGA Tour. It is a deep group, golfers with experience on multiple tours, big hitters and shotmakers alike.
However, scratch the surface and it is clear success is far from a guarantee.
In total, six Canadians will tee it up on tour this year, including Brantford, Ont.’s David Hearn, Vernon, B.C.’s Chris Baryla, and Kington, Ont.’s Matt McQuillan, who will start the year in Hawaii at the Sony Open this week. Rounding off the group is former Masters winner Mike Weir, multiple winner Stephen Ames and emerging star Graham DeLaet, who played exceptionally well in his rookie year.
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My guess Robert is Weir will be back as the top Canadian this year – but I only say that because of DeLaet’s injury…hopefully at least 3 guys can have full playing privileges for 2012 but there seems to be a lot of question marks among the top guys.
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