PGA's Ames talks hockey

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

KOHLER, Wis. — If trends count for anything, Calgary's Stephen Ames has his game going in the right direction.

Ames is a combined 26-under par during his past three starts on the PGA Tour, finishing two-under at the Canadian Open and tieing for 59th and then posting 12-under scores in his next two starts at the Greenbrier Classic (T21) and the Turning Stone Resort Championship (T16).

QMI Agency caught up with Ames for Five Questions after a practice session in preparation for the PGA Championship which gets under way Thursday.

QMI: Are you happy with the state of your game? Your coach (Sean Foley) said you guys hit on something in your address position at the Canadian Open.

AMES: My spine tilt (away from the ball) is the biggest change. I was always on my left side in my old swing. My ball flight is up and my spin rate is down which is the combination you want with the modern day club. At 46 (years of age), I'm hitting farther than ever, probably 15 yards more in the air.

QMI: So, what's the best off-course activity in Sheboygan, Wis.?

AMES: I haven't found it yet.

QMI: Are you a fan of Pete Dye and his Whistling Straits course?

AMES: It's probably his best. If you play it from the correct tee, everybody can play it. It's not like there are a lot of 200-yard carries. If you play from the correct tee, the fairway is in front of you. Most courses being built today are being built by people with egos who want waterfalls and lakes. Most of the courses being built today are horrible. They're too boring and they're killing the game.

QMI: How are the Calgary Flames going to do this year?

AMES: That's a good question, a darn good question. They kept the same team and that was a shock. They can't seem to find the guys to have a good front line but I think the depth is strong.

QMI: What do you think of the job the Sutters have done?

AMES: I think (Brent) deserves two years (to show what he can do as coach). Everybody gets at least two years, don't they? I think Darryl should have stayed on the floor (behind the bench instead of GM). I think his true talent was there and he showed that in 2004 when they almost won the Cup.


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