Leading Edge Golf Weekly Roundup – 6/3

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Busy weekend out there, let’s get to it!

The RBC Canadian Open was played in Hamilton this weekend and while Mackenzie Hughes couldn’t make it two in a row for Canadians, Robert MacIntyre winning in a scrappy effort with his father caddying for him this week was still a great story.  It’s great to see the status of the Canadian Open continue to elevate with better fields showing up and exciting competition.  Hopefully with the spot on the calendar the week before the US Open perhaps it can carve a niche similar to the Scottish Open where players use it as a tune up to prepare for the Open the next week.  They grew the rough up at Hamilton G&CC but wet weather prevented true US Open green speeds, but you could see what they were trying to do.

However, a lot of that remains in question as RBC has not committed to sponsorship beyond this year apparently as they wait to see if the PGA Tour gets in bed with Saudi Arabia.  The better fields are directly tied to RBC requiring it’s sponsored players to show up and so losing RBC would be a big deal for Golf Canada.  The other point that a Western Canadian golfer finds frustrating is the confirmation that the Canadian Open will continue to be played around Toronto for the foreseeable future, as has been the case for most of the event’s history (the last time the event was played west of Ontario was at Shaughnessy in Vancouver in 2011).  It is flatly ridiculous that it does not move around the country at all and it is not befitting of a national championship and Canada’s only PGA Tour event.  One can perhaps empathize with Golf Canada’s position that the event needs to be profitable in order to fund their various programs and moving it comes with costs.  My response to that would be “figure it out”.  I do look forward to the Canadian Women’s Open here in Calgary at Earl Grey in July.

The US Women’s Open was won by Yuka Saso after she took control late from a field that struggled with nerves and poor play on a major Sunday.  Favorite Nelly Korda ejected on Thursday after making a 10 on a par 3.  Saso now has two LPGA victories, both being US Opens.  Very impressive.

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