Questions for Kraig - Houston Tex


Canadian Tour-LargeHey, great response to our new tournament question series which should allow you the viewer to be in touch with our live tournament coverage. This week it's the Canadian Tour, but going forward it will include our tournament coverage from the PGA, LPGA and Buy.Com Tours. So let's give it a go. Here are the questions we've selected this week:
1) What is the Canadian Tour's final event? Do the players get a Buy.Com card if they are high up in the Canadian Tour money list?
Stephen Thomson
Ontario, Canada
Stephen, the final tournament on the Canadian Tour this year is the Casino de Charlevoix Cup at Le Manoir Richelieu in Pointe-au-Pic,QC with a purse of $100,000 canadian. This is an invitational event and is the 19th on the schedule this year. The top finishers on the Canadian Tour money list do not get a Buy.Com card but there is a perk. The top two players on the money rankings at year's end receive an exemption into the second stage of the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament.
2) With the lineup in the field this week for the Canadian Tour, has the Buy.Com Tour become the AAA league of golf and the Canadian Tour really taken over as the building block for younger players?
Jeffrey Williams
No hometown given
Jeffrey, the Buy.Com Tour is still widely regarded as the top proving ground for future PGA Tour players. Sure it has some veterans with PGA Tour experience, but it is still the best level of competition to prove yourself for the next level. Names like Pat Perez, and this week Rod Pampling played the Buy.Com last year and are having great success this year as PGA Tour rookies. The Canadian Tour is a step below, but definitely an option for those who can't get exempt status on the Buy.Com Tour. And who knows, last year Jess Daley and Kenneth Staton used the Canadian Tour as their springboard to the PGA Tour this season. So who knows!
4) Who is the biggest success story from the Canadian Tour in the last 10 years?
Cleveland, Ohio
Bob, you would have to say Mike Weir only because of his success at the PGA Tour level. He's won a PGA Tour event, plus a World Golf Championship event and the Tour Championship last year. If it's just money earned on the PGA Tour, then Kirk Triplett is the man who played the Canadian Tour at one time who's won the most money on the PGA Tour. But Chris DiMarco is catching up quickly.
5) Does Mike Weir play any Canadian Tour events or is he exclusive to the PGA Tour?
Columbia, SC
Chris, Mike is really exclusive to the PGA Tour now. He didn't play a single Canadian Tour event last year. He was the 1997 money leader on the Canadian Tour. Bet they wish he'd play a few, huh?!
6) Often commentators speak of getting up and down. What is this referring to?
No hometown given
Jamie, this means chipping or pitching the ball close and then holeing the putt to save a par or make a birdie; i.e., 'He got up and down from the bunker to save his par.'
7) Who plays under greater pressure, these guys playing in golf's trenches or players on the PGA Tour battling the best players in the world?
Chicago, Illinois
Kendall, that's a great question and can be argued either way. I'd say the pressure to compete at the lower levels might be a bit tougher because there's not much money in the bank to fall back on as their career is beginning. It must be tough to play your way into a career, so to speak. The guys at the PGA Tour level certainly play under pressure. Who'd say a duel for the U.S. Open or the battle to keep a spot in the top 125 isn't tough? But my hunch is that their family still has a little cash to fall back on.
8) Just curious as to why the Canadian Tour does not have any special exemptions for Monday Qualifiers (non-members) for finishing in top 25 or top 10, like the Buy.Com and PGA Tours do? If a player plays well enough and proves himself, don't you think he should receive an exemption to play the following week?
A Monday Qualifier
No hometown given
Great question, and we're on your side, but the rule is that non-members of the Canadian Tour must win to be included in the field the following week and earn status from that point on. Maybe it'll change. It should.
9) Why does the course look so brown? What's wrong with the grass?
Billings, Montana
James, we've mentioned this a lot this week. It's not your television set going black. The course is Bermuda, which at this stage is dormant, making it brown in color. The green grass will come through as the weather warms up, but it's not in poor condition. They've actually had really poor weather in Houston of late, making things tougher. But the course is in good shape, especially for this time of the year.
10) Do the Canadian Tour players get perks similar to the PGA Tour players?
Ft. Meyers, Florida
Devon, the answer is all relative. For some players, just playing on the tour is a perk! But there are no courtesy cars or great lunch buffets or spa trips for the wives or day care. And at last, the checks aren't as 'perky' either.
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