Canadian Tour Set for Season Finale

By Marty HenwoodAugust 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeBRIMLEY, Mich. --The Canadian Tour pays a visit to northern Michigan for the fourth consecutive year as the Bay Mills Open Players Championship is staged this week.

When opening round action gets underway Thursday, 156 golfers will compete for the $200,000 purse at Wild Bluff Golf Club, located just a few miles from the International Bridge that separates Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and Michigan.

Sundays champion will take home a check for $32,000.
 
The Bay Mills Open Players Championship is the final full-field event of the year, with only the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort Pro Am Classic remaining. That event, showcasing the top 76 available players from this years money list, will be held next month and christens the John Daly-designed Thundering Waters Golf Club.
 
Wild Bluff will play host to the event for the fourth year in a row. Jeff Quinney won the inaugural event in 2002, with Rodney Butcher taking honours the following year. Chris Wisler of Dover, Del. is the defending champion and will be in Brimley this week looking for a repeat performance.
 
The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds of the Bay Mills Open Players Championship from 1-3 pm Eastern daily.
 
Players lingering near the top of the money list will be looking for one final push this week in the hopes of grabbing one of the two available exemptions into the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School this fall. Due to the entry deadline for the PGA qualifying tournament, those two byes will be handed out once play wraps up Sunday.
 
Texan Jaime Gomez currently holds down top spot on the Order of Merit while rookie Peter Tomasulo, who won the Montreal Open earlier this month, sits second. David Mathis, Michael Harris and Canadian Stuart Anderson round out the top five.
 
It has turned into the season of the first-time winner on the Canadian Tour, with nine of ten champions in 2005 hoisting Tour hardware for the first time. Of the ten winners, nine will be in Michigan'Gomez, Tomasulo, Mathis, Anderson, Scott Gibson, Jim Seki, Craig Taylor, Matt McQuillan and Lee Williamson.
 
If a U.S. born player is to win at Wild Bluff for the fourth time in as many years, other players to keep an eye on include Butcher, Brian Guetz, Rob Johnson, Michael Harris, Robert Hamilton, John Mallinger, Will Yanagisawa and Chris Wall.
 
Should Mike Grob make the cut this week, he could become the all-time earnings leader on the Canadian Tour. The three-time Tour champion, with $338,877 in Tour winnings, trails Jim Rutledge by less than $1,000 Cdn. ($339,688). Grob recently surpassed the $1 million barrier in career winnings on the PGA, Nationwide and Canadian Tours.
 
On the Canadian front, players to watch include Anderson, Derek Gillespie, Brad Fritsch, Rob McMillan, Mike Mezei, Chris Baryla, Lee Curry, Craig Matthew and Dan Swanson.
 
Aussies Luke Hickmott, Ben Bunny and Lucas Bates lead the international charge into Bay Mills, with Swedens Anders Hultman and Alex Rocha of Brazil also hoping to find the winners circle this week.
 
Related links:
  • Leaderboard - Bay Mills Open Players Championship

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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Man of the people


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    Growing family

    Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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    Departure from TaylorMade


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    Squashed beef with Paddy

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    Victory at Valderrama


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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm