What a weekend for Canadian golf

Graham DeLaet finished fifth at the Barclays this weekend. (AFP)

Graham DeLaet finished fifth at the Barclays this weekend. (AFP)

IAN HUTCHINSON, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

It may be tempting to take in as much late summer weather as possible, but if you were outside a pub or rec room Sunday you will be forgiven only if you were playing golf or in the gallery of numerous events providing some prime entertainment.

If you weren’t hypnotized by Lydia Ko dominating the best that the LPGA Tour can offer at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, you have no blood in your veins. A 15-year-old amateur is supposed to wilt, not shoot a 67 to win by three strokes.

While it wasn’t a banner event for Canucks with only Jessica Shepley making the cut to win low Canadian honours for the second consecutive year, the weekend was far from horrendous for homebrews elsewhere. For many, it meant upward mobility.

Graham DeLaet went into the Barclays in 106th in FedEx Cup points and didn’t look too promising to get into the top 100 that move on in the playoffs to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

DeLaet was up and down over the first three rounds at the Barclays, shooting 75-67-72, but when he needed it, came through with a 65 to move on to Boston.

It was the same tale for David Hearn, who came into the Barclays 108th in FedEx Cup points, but playing with Tiger Woods, shot a final round 71 that followed a Saturday 67 to move on.

DeLaet tied for fifth at the Barclays at five under, while Hearn tied for 10th at three under. As a result, DeLaet is 44th in FedEx Cup points and Hearn is 67th.

On the Web.com Tour, Adam Hadwin made a move closer to the top 25 on the money list who receive their PGA Tour cards for 2013 by shooting all four rounds in the 60s to tie for 10th at 14 under at the News Sentinal Open. Hadwin jumps from 44th to 39th on the money list. Three-time Canadian Amateur champ Richard Scott leads all Canadians in 35th with eight events left.

For all who fret about the future of Canadian golfers on the tours, take a look at Eugene Wong. The 21-year-old, in just his third Canadian Tour start, and his fourth as a pro, won the Canadian Tour Championship on Sunday at Scarboro Golf and Country Club.

Wong shot a 67 on Sunday and, with all four rounds in the 60s, finished 14 under to finish one shot ahead of American Joe Panzeri.

OCTOBER DECISION EXPECTED

A decision on whether the Canadian Tour will come under the PGA Tour umbrella will be announced in mid-to-late October, according to Jeff Monday, senior vice president of tournament development for the PGA Tour.

Monday was at the Tour Championship on the weekend and will be back for the season-ending Great Waterway Classic in Gananoque, Ont., in a couple of weeks.

The PGA Tour would like to strengthen its development system. The Canadian Tour, with its mostly summer schedule, would combine with PGA Tour Latinoamerica, which gets underway next week in Mexico, to provide a step up to the Web.com Tour and ultimately, the PGA Tour.

However, the PGA Tour, which has made a financial investment in the struggling Canadian Tour is doing its due diligence by checking out events to seek sponsor feedback and see how it engages the community, among other things.

“There’s certainly a great deal of enthusiasm about golf in Canada and what a relationship with us could mean to that. There’s lots of positive signs out there, that’s for sure,” Monday said.

SHE’S OVER THE TOP

Here’s hoping Christine Brennan of USA Today has relief from that cranial cramp that seemed to hit her during an ESPN Radio interview after former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore were named Augusta National’s first female members.

After making sure we knew what an important role she played in this story, Brennan insisted little girls will be watching the Masters with mommy and daddy in April because of this development, adding that it’s important that they have role models such as Rice and Moore.

Apparently, Brennan believes the Augusta membership deal was a hot playground topic of conversation over Justin Bieber and that television cameras will be focused on Rice and Moore over Tiger Woods at the Masters.

If kids were so focused, wouldn’t you think that Rice and Moore are already role models with the success they experienced before being let into an exclusive country club that few of us, men or women, will ever play?

TOUR LIFERS

The Canadian Tour has added seven contributors and prominent players as Life Members, including Mike Weir, Jim Rutledge, Danny Talbot and American graduate to the PGA Tour, Steve Stricker. That foursome combined for 17 career victories on the Canadian Tour, which also named builders Ken Tarling, Tom Jackson and Wilson Paterson as Life Members ... Speaking of Weir, he made a cut at the Utah Open, shooting a 70-69-70 to finish seven under at the PGA of America’s Utah Section event in Farmington, Utah, but wasn’t a contender ... Terrill Samuel of Etobicoke began her final round with a double bogey, but collected herself and posted six birdies against just one bogey the rest of the way to win the Royal Cup Canadian Women’s Senior Championship last week at the Belvedere Golf Club in Charlottetown.

 


Videos

Photos