Questions for Kraig - Austin Tex
Curt Byrum, Jerry Foltz and Bryan DeCorso have had fun reading these over with me. Here we go!
1) Kraig, in your opinion, who is the most talented player on the Canadian Tour?
Steve, that's a very good question. Based on the last few weeks if you're going on sheer talent and potential ability Hank Kuehne gets my vote. The consenus out here is that his length and overall skills exceed the rest of the field. Steve Scott has a lot of ability as well. So does Jeff Quinney and even a guy like Rob McMillan from Canada. But Kuehne has em' all beat. His skills are amazing.
2) Which Canadian player scored a hole-in-one on a par-4 on last year's Canadian Tour?
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George, that was Todd Fanning who we featured Saturday during our coverage wearing a heart-rate monitor. It happened last year at the Shell Payless Open and tour officials told us they think it happened at the 6th hole. Great stuff.. and great memory by you. We still may see one this week at the 9th hole here at Circle C Ranch so keep your eyes in focus.
3) I was wondering what percentage of the players on the Canadian Tour actually get sponsorships and what kind of money are they making?
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Matt, the percentage is very few and those who may be getting some endorsement money are getting very little compared to even a player from the Buy.Com Tour. This is a true proving ground tour with defininte talent. Guys like Quinney, Scott and Kuehne have a little endorsement value and a few established Canadians like Todd Fanning or Robb McMillan. But they're not getting rich off it.
4) Has a Canadian-born player ever won one of the four 'major' golf championships?
Rich.. the answer is no. But don't count out Mike Weir he's got the ability for sure!
5) Will the Golf Channel be in Scottsdale with the Canadian Tour? If so, when will that be and what course are they playing?
Come out and see us, Ann. In two weeks the Canadian Tour makes a 'Scottsdale Swing' with a tournament at McCormick Ranch and then the next week there's a tournament at Eagle Mountain. Spread the word and keep the weathermen honest!
6) How do players qualify for the Canadian Tour? There are so many tours and so many players, is there a central organization that players refer to that gives them their options? If not how do they know?
There are 3 Qualifying Schools for the Canadian Tour. The recent Winter Qualifying Tour allowed Hank Kuehne, Jeff Quinney and James Driscoll among others to get their cards. There will be a Spring Q-School later this year in Canada and a Fall Q-school for Canadians who've lost they're playing privleges. There is no 'central organization' as you call it. Players find out about tours and options from their agents and from word of mouth. It's not a very complicated process actually.
7) I have some confusion on where to drop when you have hit the ball over the green into a hazard. Should you take the 2-club length rule from nearest point of entry from behind the green (which would put you closer to the hole) or do you go back to the original spotfrom where you hit?
David A. Ardis
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David, you can take your 2-club drop no nearer the hole in any direction. But if you can't drop it without being nearer the hole, you must either go back to the original spot where you played from or you can go behind the hazard or on the other side of the hazard keeping the hazard between you and the green. Our announcers had a good time talking about this one.
8) Why is the Canadian Tour playing so many events outside of Canada??!!
Hey Keith, what's the temperature up in Canada right now? About 12 degrees probably and there can't be too many courses open. Thus the idea, which has been a very good one, to get the season rolling south of the Canadian border. Eight events in the United States this year and one in Mexico plus the already completed Panama Open.
9) When was the Canadian Tour founded? Was it very long ago?
Joey, the tour which is now the Canadian Tour began in 1983. That was the first year there was an 'order of merit winner'. But this tour actually has roots before that played by mostly Canadian born players. The Tour then grew into what is now the Canadian Tour which will play 16 full-field events this year, 19 total for a purse of $3.2 million Canadian.
10) Hi Kraig, I am 16-years-old with a 5.2 handicap and play on a junior tour here in B.C. What tournaments I should play in order to make myself known or ready myself for a professional career. Do you suggest I play in amateur or junior events?
Hi Darren, we actually answered your question during our telecast on Saturday. Curt Byrum praised you for a solid handicap, but let you know that there's a lot of work to do. You need to come to the United States and compete in the American Junior Golf Association events. That's where the best young players are competing these days. Great competition. Play in those events and don't be disturbed by 17-year-old Ty Tryon who has a PGA Tour card already. Some guys like yourself are in need of a very good instructor who can work with you. And some guys just bloom a bit late. Good luck!!
Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.
Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.
The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.
Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.
The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.
Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.
The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:
The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.
For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.
But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.
Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":
Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.
Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.
The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.
“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.
In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.
“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”
Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.
“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.