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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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Why not rebrand the Manulife Classic as the Manulife Canadian Open. Even if the RCGA had nothing to do with it would anyone know or care? After all Jim Nantz and CBS sports think the RCGA runs the PGATour Canada.
It may not move around the country but neither did the Men’s Open for about a quarter century.
I believe changing the Manulife Classic to the Canadian Open would only be a temporary fix. The problem the men’s Canadian Open created was turning the world’s 5th major into a 3rd tier PGA event with the date, course at Glen Abbey, purse size, volunteer base, Golf Canada/RCGA, Canadian Dollar and support from the PGA.
There are few Canadian companies with international exposure wanting to increase their profile by hosting a golf tournament. And it is obvious that Scott Simmons is not the man to lead the search for new sponsors.
According to reports out of Edmonton, Scott Simmons has found a new sponsor and the deal will be announced within the month.
Tom: I’ve seen the reports. Let’s hope he has — but I don’t tend to believe “reports” until I know everything has been signed.