Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum met with the press on Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open in the wake of Friday's announcement that the event's tournament director, Brent McLaughlin, had been suspensed in the middle of the tournament, but did not offer any specifics about what led to McLaughlin's abrupt removal.
"Effective yesterday, Bill Paul took over [for McLaughlin] as our interim tournament director of the Canadian Open. Our entire tournament team will be reporting to Bill, and he has my complete and full support," said Applebaum in a prepared statement. "This decision is a confidential Golf Canada employee matter. Given that, I'm unable to provide further details.
Original story posted on July 28, 7:55 p.m. ET:
According to TSN, RBC Canadian Open tournament director Brent McLaughlin has been suspended from his position and won't be around for Saturday and Sunday at Glen Abbey.
The CEO of Golf Canada, Laurence Applebaum, confirmed the report, but didn't add any details, other than McLaughlin hadn't been permanently terminated.
“It’s a confidential employee matter,” Applebaum told TSN. “Brent will not be here for the weekend.”
Former tournament director Bill Paul, who ran the event for 22 years in the past, will take over for Rounds 3 and 4.
McLaughlin, who is also in charge of the CP Women’s Open, was the recent subject of a New York Times piece, profiling the tattooed, motorcycle-riding, 46-year-old's unique journey to Canadian Open tournament director.