On the fringe

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

GATES AND CN

You'd never guess who is the major shareholder of Canadian National Railway. It's Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world and founder of Microsoft. CN, the title sponsor of this week's tournament, offering a purse of $1.7 million, was privatized in 1995, but the head office remains in Montreal. While the majority of shares are Canadian-owned, CN's public affairs senior manager, Jim Feeney, said Gates is the largest shareholder. CN's second-quarter net income was $729 million Cdn -- a record quarter. For the first six months, it was $1.09 billion Cdn.

LEAFS OR CANUCK?

Someone asked Tampa resident and Lightning fan Dawn Coe-Jones which would happen first -- a Canadian winner of the Canadian Women's Open or the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup. "I'll put my money on Lorie (Kane)," Coe-Jones said with a laugh. "It doesn't look like the Leafs are winning anything soon. Lorie's playing really well and has a good shot at it." Coe-Jones shot 78 yesterday to go with an opening 73 for a 151 total and missed the cut.

GREENS SPEEDY

The greens at the Hunt were firmer and faster yesterday as strong winds began to dry them out. Superintendent Bob Pattinson said the speed was 11.5 on his Pelzmeter measuring device, which, for the average golf fan, means they are getting extremely quick.

BANNED ITEMS

- Cellphones, PDAs, BlackBerries and pagers - Cameras or video cameras - Metal-spiked golf shoes

TODAY'S WEATHER

Sunny, high 23

PARKING

Located on the grounds of the Hunt Club; $5 a vehicle

TICKETS

- Daily admission is $25 - Children under 15, accompanied by a ticketed adult, free


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