Calcavecchia fast becoming favourite of Canadians

Mark Calcavecchia hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Senior...

Mark Calcavecchia hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National on July 11, 2014. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

Former PGA Tour great Mark Calcavecchia plays mostly on the Champions Tour now, but if he ever hangs up the clubs, he might consider giving lessons on how to turn adverse situations into an advantage.

As the story goes, the 13-time PGA Tour champion was ticked last week when he was forced to miss the British Open because of travel issues, tweeting: “Totally depressed I can’t be at my fave tourney in the world!! American Airlines killed us for no reason weather was fine #dontgetit”

But in a classic example of turning lemons into lemonade, Calcavecchia made two very smart moves that would endear himself to his already considerable legion of Canadian fans.

First, when he found out that Brantford, Ont.’s David Hearn would be taking his place at the British Open, Calcavecchia tweeted: “Glad to see @davidhearn got my spot! Great kid from Canada. Another place I love!! Play great David!”

Later, in a Twitter reply, he added: “u Canadians are the best!!”


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