You don’t say no to Dick Grimm.
There’s a well-known story that when Grimm stopped working for our national open, some top tour pros were relieved. They were relieved because finally they might at least have the option to skip coming to Canada.
The joke was that as long as Mr. Canadian Open — as he was affectionately known — was running the show that choice didn’t exist because you don’t say no to Dick Grimm.
Grimm, who died Monday at age 91, was a towering figure in Canadian golf. He was an eight-time chairman of the Canadian Open between 1965-1981 and was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1993.