Canadian Tour Swings Into Mexico

By Marty HenwoodMay 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeMAZATLAN, Mexico--The Canadian Tour is back in action this week as the Corona Mazatlan Classic begins a two-event swing through Mexico.

Opening-round action gets underway Thursday at the 6,880-yard, par-72 El Cid G&CC in Mazatlan with competitors teeing it up for a purse of $125,000. Sundays winner will take home a check for $20,000.

This season marks the fourth consecutive year that the Canadian Tour has paid a visit to Mexico. Next week, the Michelin Morelia Classic will be staged at Tres Marias GC.

Two weeks after capturing his first Tour championship at the Foster Farms California Classic in Modesto, Calif., Stuart Anderson heads into Mexico atop the Canadian Tour money list with $19,432 and leads an impressive starting field into Mazatlan that features eleven of the top 13 earnings leaders this year. Anderson will be looking to become to first player to win back-to-back events since Stephen Woodard won the Telus Edmonton Open and Montreal Open to close out the 2004 season.

Rick Todd was the last Canadian to prevail in consecutive weeks, taking top honors at the Payless/Pepsi Open and Canadian Home Assurance Alberta Open in 1991. Todd, who was born in Toronto, is now the head coach at the University of Texas-El Paso, where his protgs have included former Canadian amateur stars Chris Baryla and Dan Swanson.

The starting field for the Corona Mazatlan Classic will be comprised of Canadian Tour players, Mexican touring professionals, four qualifiers from a qualifying round held last month as well as players participating on sponsors exemptions.

Three of the four tournament winners in 2005'Anderson, Scott Gibson and Jim Seki'will compete this week. Omar Uresti, a PGA Tour member who won the Barton Creek Austin Canadian Tour Challenge after being granted an exemption, is the only champion from this season missing from the starting field in Mazatlan.

Should a Canadian win this week, it will mark the first time in three seasons that players from north of the border have prevailed in consecutive events. Rob McMillan and Derek Gillespie, who will both peg it up in Mexico, swept the two-week run through Myrtle Beach, SC in the spring of 2002. Other Canadians to keep an eye on include Baryla, Swanson, Brad Fritsch, Craig Matthew, Lee Curry and Adam Short.

Competitors from Mexico searching for a victory on their home soil include Rafael Alarcon, Jorge Corral, Juan Pablo Ibarreche, Manuel Inman, Octavio Gonzalez and Oscar Serna. From the United States, Gibson, Stephen Gangluff, Robert Hamilton, Ryan Miller, Chris Wall, Jason Higton, John Mallinger, Michael Harris and Ben Pettitt are among those to watch.

This year marks the Canadian Tours first visit to both Mazatlan and Morelia. One year ago, Higton and Rob Johnson were the winners in the Tours Mexico swing through Ixtapa and Guadalajara.

Some of the biggest names in professional golf have plied their trade on the Canadian Tour including 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, Stuart Appleby, Chris DiMarco, Craig Parry, Steve Stricker and Scott McCarron. The top 25 Tour grads have won more than $150 million on golfs biggest stage.
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    Watch that time Tiger throttled Ames, 9 and 8

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 4:54 pm

    Nine and eight. Three words that live in golf lore. Just say them and any golf fan can tell you what they mean.

    In the 2006 WGC-Match Play, Tiger Woods faced Stephen Ames in the opening round. Ames, when asked prior to the event about his chance of winning, infamously said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it."

    What happened on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at La Coasta Resort & Spa, was the most lopsided result in tournament history: 9 and 8 Check out the highlights below:

    After his win, Woods was asked if Ames' comment had motivated him. Woods replied, "9 and 8."

    Woods eventually lost, 1 up, to Chad Campbell in the third round. He then won his next start at Doral and went on to finish the season with six consecutive Tour wins, including The Open and PGA. He also won his first start in 2007 to make it seven consecutive Tour titles.

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    Schedule change, caddie change for Casey at Match Play

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 4:12 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Paul Casey originally planned to skip the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, opting for two weeks off before the Masters.

    Those plans changed when he removed the Arnold Palmer Invitational from his schedule and returned home to England last week to attend the funeral of a family friend. That adjustment also prompted a caddie change this week, with Scott Vail stepping in for the Englishman’s normal caddie, John McLaren.

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    “We looked at tickets and it just didn't make sense for Johnny to fly back. We try and base our schedule around playing the best golf possible, but also having quality family time,” Casey said on Tuesday at Austin Country Club. “For Johnny to break up a nice three-week break with his family, there was no point to ruining that.”

    This isn’t the first time Casey, who won the Valspar Championship two weeks ago, has needed a replacement caddie. At last year’s Travelers Championship, McLaren took a similar break and was replaced on the bag by Shannon Wallace. Although it’s not uncommon for caddies to take a week off, McLaren does have one stipulation.

    “The only rule we have is that if Johnny is not going to work, he picks my caddie. So he picked the caddie,” said Casey, who is 20-12-1 in 12 starts at the Match Play and has advanced to the championship match twice.

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    Westchester selected to host 2021 U.S. Women's Am

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 20, 2018, 3:20 pm

    The USGA announced Tuesday that Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., has been selected to host the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur. The tournament will be held Aug. 2-8, 2021.

    The club's West Course first hosted the event in 1923, and it boasts a storied history of professional tournaments as well. The PGA Tour hosted the Westchester Classic, later known as the Buick Classic and eventually The Barclays, at Westchester from 1967-2007, including the first-ever FedExCup playoff event, won by Steve Stricker in 2007.

    The course was also the site of the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, won by Fred Couples, and the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Inbee Park.

    "The USGA is thrilled to bring the U.S. Women's Amateur to Westchester Country Club for the second time," Stuart Francis, USGA championship committee chairman, said in a release. "One of the USGA's three oldest championships, the Women's Amateur consistently identifies the world's top female players, and we are confident Westchester will provide the ultimate test for the championship's 121st playing."

    First held in 1895, the Women's Amateur is open to players with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 5.4. Sophia Schubert won last year's event at San Diego Country Club, while this year's tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

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    Stock Watch: Park rises again, under the radar

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

    Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


    Rory (+10%): The massive drives, the fist pumps, the unmistakable strut – McIlroy finally found the spark that he needed to play confident, aggressive golf. Bring on Augusta and his shot at history.

    Tiger (+7%): It was another forgettable end to a final round, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture: Five events into his comeback, Woods has now carded 10 consecutive rounds of par or better – all on tough tracks – and can be viewed as a legitimate threat at the Masters. Remarkable, really.

    Inbee Park (+5%): Fighting injuries and questioning whether she should retire, the Queen ‘Bee routed a top field in just her second start back. Stud.

    Bryson (+3%): When The Machine operates properly, he’s one of the best ball-strikers in the world. Yes, he’s still painfully slow, but there’s no denying his talent – his runner-up against a star-studded field should help him tremendously.

    Laura Davies (+2%): Fifty-four years old and nursing an Achilles injury, she turned back the clock with one of the coolest performances of the young season, on any tour. She’s still got tons of game.


    Henrik Stenson (-1%): Maybe he’s just destined to go winless at Bay Hill. In the past four years, he’s had three excellent chances to win there and came away empty-handed each time.

    Rickie (-2%): Hanging near the lead, Fowler closed his third round bogey-double, then shot 74 in the final round to drop out of the top 10. Sigh.  

    P-Reed (-3%): His whiny protest to a rules official about a free drop – “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth” – got even juicier when the Ryder Cup partners were drawn in the same group at the Match Play. Get your popcorn ready.

    Ted Potter Jr. (-5%): His impressive victory at Pebble Beach over DJ, Phil and J-Day is looking more and more like a fluke each week. He’s now missed four consecutive cuts.

    Fan behavior (-7%): Another week, another player complaining about increasingly hostile spectators. The Tour has (frustratingly) remained quiet on the issue, but the tipping point will come when one of these dopes affects the outcome on the 72nd hole.