• Phil Mickelson Dropping Bombs At AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

    Prior To The Start Of The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Phil Mickelson's Comments About The U.S. Open Caused Some Intrigue. Lefty Is Seen Here At The 2015 U.S. Open Held At Chambers Bay In WA. - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Alfie Lau

    This was supposed to begin with some notes on how 5 Canadian golfers are making a big impact at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. From being paired with celebrity chefs to a famous entertainer to the editor-in-chief of one of golf’s most important publications, this was going to be a Canadian-centric article.

    And then Phil Mickelson walked into the media centre early Wednesday morning and dropped some bombs.

  • BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Named Official Charity Partner For 2020 CP Women’s Open

    BC Children's Hospital In Vancouver Has Been Chosen As The Primary Charity For The 2020 CP Women's Open - Image Courtesy Golf Canada 

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Vancouver, January 31, 2020 – Canadian Pacific (CP) and Golf Canada announced today that BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has been chosen as the primary charity partner for the 2020 CP Women’s Open. Fundraising initiatives will occur leading up to the tournament and a month-long public match campaign starts February 1st, in recognition of Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Month.

    “The CP Women’s Open is an amazing opportunity to draw attention to the important work being done by doctors to mend the hearts of the future,” said Keith Creel, President and CEO of CP. “Partnering with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation again is a natural fit and progression from our first partnership in 2015. I look forward to seeing the lasting legacy this brings to the hospital, children and families who need it.”

  • Webb Simpson Wins 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open In Playoff

    2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open Winner Webb Simpson After Dropping The Final Putt - Image Courtesy PGA TOUR

    By Alfie Lau

    Things looked dire for Webb Simpson as he stood on the 17th tee of the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Leader Tony Finau was two strokes ahead and so confident he had the power to drive the 17th green with just a 3-wood. Finau seemed to hit a good shot, but his three-wood went just 264 yards into a rightside fairway bunker, where he would just make par.

    Simpson, not known as one of the longer hitters on tour, then proceeded to put his drive on the right side of the green and a simple two-putt later, he was within a stroke.

    History replayed itself on the 18th, as Simpson made birdie again to tie Finau, who could only make par, which forced a playoff.

  • The Greatest Saturday In Golf: 2020 Waste Management Open In Phoenix

    The Famous 16th Hole Stadium At TPC Scottsdale Is A Show Unto Itself At The Waste Management Phoenix Open - Image Courtesy YouTube

    By Alfie Lau

    Security officials said the line-up started at 1 a.m. Saturday. And since the gates to the TPC Scottsdale for the third round of the 2020 Waste Management Open wouldn’t open until 7 a.m., that meant six hours of hearty celebration, anticipation and planning for when the Running of the Phoenicians to the coveted seats at the 16th hole would commence.

    Veterans know the best route is through the underpass, behind the 18th green and then a quick left so you go down the right side of the 10th fairway. Just past the 10th green, another 50 yards away, is the first entrance into the backside of 16. Run another 150 yards and you get to the entrance for seats closer to the tee box.

  • J.B. Holmes Leads Wyndham Clark By 1 Stroke At 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open At Halfway Point

    J.B. Holmes Is Seeking His 3rd WM Phoenix Open Title As He Takes The Lead Into The Weekend - Image Courtesy Vimeo

    By Alfie Lau

    Two-time Waste Management Phoenix Open champion J.B. Holmes is halfway to a third at the midway mark of the 2020 tournament. Holmes followed his opening round (-7) 64 with a (-6) round of 65 to take a one-shot lead over former Oregon Duck Wyndham Clark. 

    Holmes looked set to make it back-to-back rounds of 64 before a closing bogey on his final hole. Holmes would finish with six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the driveable par-4 17th, where the front left pin position tempted almost every player.

  • Dad Duty On PGA TOUR For Hadwin And Taylor At Waste Management Open

    Abbotsford, BC's Adam Hadwin (L) And Nick Taylor (R) Are Family Men On The Road At The PGA TOUR's Waste Management Phoenix Open - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Alfie Lau

    As recent first-time fathers, Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin are learning about parenting on the fly. Hadwin and wife Jessica had their first-born, a daughter, earlier this month and the Waste Management is Hadwin’s first event in 2020. He opened with a (-2) round of 69, which included an eagle on the 13th hole.

    “With the life changes that have taken place, I’m not sure there is anywhere but Phoenix where I would be playing,” said Hadwin of playing tournament golf just three weeks after his daughter’s birth. “I played pretty well today. I hit it very well today. Before the eagle putt at 13, I had 4 or 5 good looks at birdie. It was a pretty stress free two-under today.”

  • A Hockey Game Almost Broke Out At 2020 Phoenix Open Pro-Am

    Japan's Hideki Matsuyama Is Flanked To His Right By Former NHLer's (L-R) Brad May, Curtis Joseph, Dary Hordichuk And Greg Adams - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    By Alfie Lau

    Shane Doan made history Wednesday as the first NHLer to play in the Annexus Pro-Am at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open. And he brought a few of his hockey playing friends.

    Doan’s caddy is arguably even more popular, as Paul “Biz Nasty” Bissonnette, best known for his Spittin’ Chiclets podcast, was Doan’s caddy for the first part of the day before his popularity with the fans had Doan “replace” Bissonnette with a friend with fewer fans for the final 9 holes. 

    And also inside the ropes were former Phoenix Coyotes alumni, including goalie Curtis Joseph and wingers Darcy Hordichuk, Greg Adams and Brad May.

  • BC's Jared du Toit Exceeds His Own Expectations At Latinoamerica Qualifier

    Jared du Toit Has Earned Himself A Fully Exempt Spot On The PGA Tour Latinoamerica Circuit For 2020 Thanks To His Medallist Performance At Their Qualifying Event - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    Courtesy Golf Canada - Written by John Chidley-Hill/ Canadian Press

    A month ago, Jared du Toit wasn’t even sure he’d be playing in the Latinoamerica Qualifying Tournament in Mexico. He’d been frustrated with the state of his game for all of the 2019 season and drilled hard for most of November and December trying to get things back on track. By the time the holidays rolled around, he was fed up.

    But fast forward to last Sunday and he’d won the event at the Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort, earning a full exemption for the PGA Tour Latinoamerica season.

    “I talked to the people close to me, my coaches and family and everyone was kind of like, ‘Nah, just go do it,”’ said du Toit, who had consulted with Golf Canada coach Derek Ingram and Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, a mental performance coach with the national program, among others.

    “So then I really committed to doing it and really good practices and whatnot and I felt really good for tee off and then obviously played well in the event so it was a big relief getting it done.”

  • Marc Leishman Wins 2020 Farmers Insurance Open, As Kobe Bryant Tragedy Unfolds Two Hours North

    Marc Leishman (L) Won The Farmer's Insurance Open Just A Short Distance From Where NBA Legend Kobe Bryant And His Daughter Tragically Died In A Helicopter Crash - Images Courtesy Wikimedia

    By Alfie Lau

    Aussie Marc Leishman came from four strokes behind third-round leader Jon Rahm to win the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. Leishman carded a final round (-7) 65 to nip Rahm by one. Rahm had a dreadful start, but pulled himself back into contention and even had an eagle putt to force a playoff, but unlike three years ago when he dropped a bomb from the back of the 18th green to win his first PGA TOUR event, he couldn’t replicate history.

    But in the grand scheme of life, this win, and golf, doesn’t really mean all that much. Two hours to the north of Torrey Pines, a helicopter crashed, killing all five people on board (since updated to nine fatalities -ed).

  • Woods And McIlroy Wow Early Saturday Crowds In San Diego, Jon Rahm Takes Lead After 65 At Torrey Pines

    Jon Rahm Is Your Leader By One Going Into The Final Round Of The Farmers Insurance Open At Torrey Pines - Image Courtesy jonrahm.com

    By Alfie Lau

    Jon Rahm shot a (-7) round of 65 to go to (-12) 204 to take the third-round lead at the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm leads second-round leader Ryan Palmer by a stroke, with the gritty Palmer carding a (-1) round of 71 to get himself to (-11) for the tournament.

    Rahm and Palmer are good friends, having played together as partners to win the 2019 Zurich Championship, the unique team format event played in New Orleans each spring. Rahm’s card was immaculate, as he opened birdie-eagle, including jarring his wedge from 113 yards out on the second. From then on, it was four more birdies and most impressively, not a five on the card until he parred the 18th hole.

    “Three under through two holes, no putts,” said Rahm. “A pretty good start, pretty good way to get things going.”

  • Ryan Palmer Shoots 62, Leads 2020 Farmers Insurance Open Suddenly Bereft Of Canadian Golfers

    Ryan Palmer's Second Round 62 Has Him In The Halfway Lead At The 2020 Farmers Insurance Open - Image Courtesy @RyanPalmerPGA 

    By Alfie Lau

    And then there were no Canadian golfers left at Torrey Pines for the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open.

    A small contingent of Canucks early in the week was whittled to three when Saskatchewan’s Graham DeLaet had to withdraw before his Thursday round.

    And after Friday’s rounds concluded, that number was down to zero, as Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes and Michael Gligic, along with Merritt, BC’s Roger Sloan, all finished at (+1) 145 for the tournament, two strokes off the (-1) cut which sees 79 non-Canadian golfers teeing it up on the South Course.

  • Tiger Woods In Contention After Farmers Insurance Open First Round

    Tiger Woods Image Used With Permission

    By Alfie Lau

    Look at the top of the leaderboard after Round 1 of the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open and you will see co-leaders Sebastian Cappelen (South Course) and Keegan Bradley (North Course) at (-6) 66, one shot ahead of a raft of golfers on a day where more than half the field shot par or better.

    But it’s the guy who shot a (-3) round of 69 on the North Course that has the large San Diego golf crowds captivated and enthralled by the majestic golf game of Tiger Woods.

  • One-Armed Canadian Golfer Bags A Hole-In-One At PGA TOUR AmEx

    Quebec's Laurent Hurtubise Celebrates His Hole-In-One At The PGA TOUR's American Express

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    A one-armed Canadian amateur golfer left many pros impressed after he shot (sic) a hole-in-one during a PGA Tour event on Thursday.

    Laurent Hurtubise of Quebec was playing as an amateur and made the 151-yard shot on the par-3 fourth hole in the Tour’s American Express 2020, during the tournament’s opening round.

    Hurtubise was born with one arm, which ends just below the elbow, and started playing golf at age 11.

    He told the Desert Sun in 2018 that he got into sports as a way to fit in with other kids in his small town outside of Montreal.

    “As a kid, sports was a way for me to prove that even though I had a difference, that I could perform as well as normal people — as they call them,” he said. “People have differences and handicaps and whatever, but it was my way to prove that I could be as good as everybody else.”

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  • The R&A And European Tour To Help Drive New LPGA-LET Joint Venture

    Courtesy Golf Canada (Written by LPGA Tour Communications)

    The R&A and the men’s European Tour have committed to help the newly formed joint venture between the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Ladies European Tour (LET) in its efforts to significantly grow playing opportunities, financial incentives and television exposure for women’s professional golf in Europe and around the world.

    As well as providing financial support and leveraging other assets they manage, the bodies will each have one seat on the new LPGA-LET Joint Venture Board of Directors.

  • Here’s Everyone Who’s Already Qualified For The 2020 Masters, Including B.C.'s Adam Hadwin

    By RYAN HERRINGTON, Golf Digest

    (December 30,2019) The 2020 Masters begins in 101 days … but who’s counting, right? With the last men’s pro tournaments of 2019 wrapped up, the final Official World Golf Ranking is about to come out. All golfers ranked in the top 50 at the end of 2019 receive invites to Augusta National, which means 12 golfers not previously eligible for the Masters are about to secure their place in the field.

    Adding these dozen players brings the current expected field to 88 when you discount past champions who no longer compete in the tournament.

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  • LPGA & LET Join Forces To Drive Growth Of Women’s Professional Golf In Europe

    LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan And Ladies European Tour's Board Chair Marta Figueras-Dotti Shake Hands Following The LET's Annual Membership Meeting in Spain - Photo Credit: Ladies European Tour

    The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Ladies European Tour (LET) announced that they will unite in a joint venture partnership to push women’s professional golf to new heights in Europe and around the world.

    The combination of the LET’s European expertise and relationships in the region, with the LPGA’s global strength and worldwide exposure, and their shared vision for the future of women’s professional golf and growth of the game, provides the core ingredients to ignite a tour loaded with upside potential.

    LET players voted their support for the joint venture partnership during the LET’s Annual Membership Meeting in Spain.

  • Shots That Defined The Year In Golf

    20129 U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland - Share Alike 4.0 International

    By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

    Every club in the bag had a story to tell this year.

    Some of them were breathtaking, such as Gary Woodland boldly going for the green on the 14th hole at Pebble Beach in the U.S. Open. Some of them were devastating, such as Francesco Molinari going into Rae’s Creek at the Masters.

    What follows are 14 shots from every club in the bag of those who won majors, those who didn’t and some who didn’t win at all.

  • 2019 CP Women’s Open Earns Gold Driver Awards At Season Ending Award Ceremony

    As Part Of The Best Community, Charity Engagement And Best Sponsor Activation Program, $2.2 million Was Presented From The CP Women's Open Fundraising To The SickKids Foundation - Golf Canada Image

    By Terry Lenyk/Golf Canada

    NAPLES, FLA. (Golf Canada) – ​The success of the 2019 CP Women’s Open at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., was recently recognized as the Tournament Partners of the LPGA presented Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) with two Gold Driver Awards for delivering best-in-class elements among all LPGA Tour events.

    The annual Gold Driver Awards were hosted in conjunction with the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. The Tournament Partners of the LPGA (formally Tournament Owners Association) have a long standing tradition of recognizing best in class tournaments with Gold Driver Awards at the season ending event on the LPGA Tour calendar.

    At the formal ceremony, the CP Women’s Open received Gold Driver Awards for Best Community and Charity Engagement and Best Sponsor Activation.

  • 2020 CP Women’s Open At Vancouver's Shaughnessy - Tickets Now On Sale

    VANCOUVER (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor Canadian Pacific (CP), are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the 2020 CP Women’s Open, taking place August 31 to September 6 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

    One of Canada’s premier annual sporting events, the CP Women’s Open features miles of front row seating for golf fans to experience Canada’s lone stop on the LPGA Tour.

    Cheer on Canadian sensation and CP Ambassador Brooke Henderson as she leads the stars of the LPGA Tour back to Vancouver alongside defending champion and world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, past champions Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu and rising stars Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang and Minjee Lee.

  • Presidents Cup Provides Bonding Experience For Canada's Hadwin, Weir

    Canada Is Well Represented At The 2019 Presidents Cup By Vice Captain Mike Weir (L) And BC's Adam Hadwin Playing For The International Team For The 2nd Tme - Golf Canada Image

    By Adam Stanley/PGA TOUR

    The first time Adam Hadwin met Mike Weir was not at a junior clinic or Canadian amateur event – when an up-and-coming star would usually connect with a country’s legend – but while they were sitting out a fog delay.

    It was 2013 at the Farmers Insurance Open and Hadwin had Monday-qualified. It was just the eighth PGA TOUR start of his fledgling pro career, and the first of three that season. By shooting 66-74 in the first two rounds at Torrey Pines, he was one shot ahead of Weir. Both made the cut but were well off the lead, as they were in the first two groups on Saturday.

    Due to the weather, the pair of Canadians had to keep retreating off the course. It was the perfect opportunity for them to finally meet and chat.