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2016 Will Be Great If…


Happy New Year. Hope your holidays were fruitful and restful and that you found time to play golf . . . outdoors . . . somewhere warm. In my last post I wrote about why 2015 was a great year for Canadian golf. Five days into the new calendar, here are some things, if they were to happen, that would make 2016 great too.

– At least one Canadian graduates from the Web.com Tour in 2016 to the PGA Tour in 2017. This seems likely with the calibre of Canucks on the AAA circuit this year. From Q-School winner Adam Svensson to big bomber Taylor Pendrith (who should thrive on what some have dubbed the Wedge.com Tour) to Mackenzie Hughes, Albin Choi and veteran Brad Fritsch, who’s made the jump to the big leagues before, Canada is in good position to grow its PGA Tour quotient in 2017.

– The number of Canadian golf course closings does not hit double-digits. Listen: there will be golf courses in this country that shut their doors for good by the end of the year. That’s inevitable with certain markets oversaturated and participation stagnant. But if there are only a few such occurrences that would be a big win.

– Mike Weir is able to play pain-free golf when he does tee it up. It’s been sad to see him struggle so much in recent years. It will be extremely tough for him to play well enough in limited starts to re-earn his playing privileges but it would be great if his health allowed him to give it an honest shot.

– Ditto Tiger Woods.

– Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy pull away from the pack and battle neck and neck on the Sunday of a major championship.

– Ditto Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko.

– Somebody uses a long putter, without anchoring, successfully. Why? Because to hell with you for instituting that rule golf’s governing bodies, that’s why.

– Golf Canada announces a home for the 2017 RBC Canadian Open that’s not Glen Abbey. Not that I don’t think Glen Abbey is a suitable home for the Open — in fact I wrote here last June that the Open should be played at Glen Abbey on a semi-permanent basis. However that came before news broke that ClubLink has plans to turn the Jack Nicklaus-designed course into housing and commercial real estate in the not-so-distant future, so it would behoove Golf Canada to get the ball rolling on finding alternative venues with a nice splash for 2017.

– The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada adds at least one more tournament to its schedule. Actually, it would first be good if the tour announces a schedule that at the very least numbers the same 12 events it’s conducted the last two years, as there is speculation that a couple events are on thin ice. I know the folks at the tour are working diligently to ensure this happens and have some irons in the fire to grow the circuit. A 14-tournament schedule would be ideal.

– A Canadian wins that circuit’s Order of Merit title.

– Maude-Aimee Leblanc plays well enough in her return to the LPGA Tour to keep her playing privileges. She’s a tremendous talent who probably hits the ball as far or farther than anyone else in the professional women’s game, but thus far she hasn’t really delivered on her potential.

– One of Graham DeLaet, David Hearn or Alena Sharp earns his/her first victory on the PGA Tour/LPGA Tour.

– And lastly, coming up with Obscure Thoughts of the Weeks for these blogs proves very easy.

Obscure thought of the week: I don’t believe people most of the time when they say, “No pun intended.” They intended it.

Article Written By: Jason Logan
Article Date: 01/05/2016
Original Article: SCORE Golf