On Tuesday I spoke with Champions Tour member and two-time Canadian Am champ Rod Spittle for a feature I’m writing for the CPGA’s Centennial magazine. I came away with the impression that if there’s a nicer, more humble man in Canadian sports, I haven’t spoken to him.
Sure Spittle has lived in Ohio for most of his life, but he’s back to Canada frequently and still considers himself very much a Canadian. Spittle, now a regular member of the tour following his win last year in San Antonio, has played well this year, raising the question about whether the 56-year old should get an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open. We’re still a ways off yet, but considering how poorly Canadians are faring on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour this year, he strikes me as a golfer worthy of consideration. For his part, when asked about the possibility, Spittle said, “I’d be humbled by such an opportunity,” though he admitted it could be logistically difficult considering the Champions Tour schedule. He also said he had not considered it until asked about it recently by another reporter. I’m fully behind the idea — Rod Spittle should be at the Canadian Open.