• Tiger Woods' 2021 Season On Hold After Announcing He's Undergone Back Surgery

    This Is The Fifth Operation The 45-Year Old Woods Has Had On His Back And The First Since A Spinal-Fusion Surgery In April 2017 - Image Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

    By Daniel Rapaport / Golfdigest.com

    Tiger Woods’ 2021 season is on hold after he announced that he underwent a microdiscectomy procedure on his back to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve.

    He is expected to be sidelined through at least the first two-plus months of the year and will miss both the Farmers Insurance Open and the Genesis Invitational, where he doubles as tournament host.

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  • How BC's Nick Taylor Used The Rules To His Advantage In The Sony Open

    BC's Nick Taylor Used His Knowledge Of The Rules In The Sony Open To Get Relief From This Situation By Stating He Would Play It Left-Handed - Image Courtesy Golf Rules Questions YouTube Video Grab

    In the second round of the Sony Open, on the 503-yard, par-5 9th at Waialae Country Club, Nick Taylor hit his drive left and off the tall netting that separates the driving range from the hole, and his ball dropped inches outside of out-of-bounds fence posts below.

  • Ziemer's BC Golf Notes: Taylor ties for 11th at Sony Open; Annual Tradition fund-raising tourney a COVID casualty

    Abbotsford's Nick Taylor Had A Solid Tournament At The Sony Open In Hawai Finishing With A T11 - File Photo Image Credit VGT/Fraser Mulholland

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    SO CLOSE AT SONY: Nick Taylor didn’t have quite the weekend he’d hoped for, but still tied for 11th at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Taylor entered the weekend with a two-shot lead after firing an eight-under 62 in Friday’s second round.

    He closed with weekend rounds of 68 and 67 on the par-70 Waialae Country Club layout in Honolulu to finish the event at 17-under par, four shots behind winner Kevin Na.

    Sunday’s finish was Taylor’s best on the PGA TOUR since winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am nearly one year ago. Taylor earned $153,450 on Sunday and completed a nice two-week visit to Hawaii.

    He tied for 29th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua’s Plantation course in Maui the previous week.

  • Hadwin’s New Foundation Focuses On Family

    A Happy, Smiling, Maddox Hadwin Celebrated Her 1st Birthday Last Week - Image Courtesy Jessica & Adam Hadwin

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Adam Hadwin and his wife Jessica recently celebrated the first birthday of their daughter Maddox, a day in which they reflected on not only the joy she has brought to their lives but the struggle they faced bringing her into the world.

    Adam and Jessica went through many ups and downs, including two failed pregnancies, in their attempts to start a family.

    With the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF), Maddox arrived on January 8, 2020. The struggles they endured and the fact they were in a financial position to use IVF led the Hadwins to think about trying to help others facing similar challenges. Late last year they started The Hadwin Family Foundation.

  • LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan To Step Down In 2021

    Mike Whan Is The LPGA’s Eighth – And Longest-Serving – Commissioner. He Joined The LPGA In 2010 - Image Courtesy LPGA

    Written by LPGA Tour Communications - Courtesy Golf Canada

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 6, 2021 – After completing his 11th year as LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan has notified the LPGA Board of Directors that he has made the difficult decision to transition out of the LPGA in 2021.

    While no firm date has been set for his departure, this announcement begins the start of a thorough and thoughtful Commissioner succession process.

  • LPGA Comes Back Stronger Than Ever With 2021 Tour Schedule

    The LPGA Tour Will Run A Total Of 34 Events, Plus The 2021 Solheim Cup, For More Than $76 million In Official Purses

    Via Press Release

    NAPLES, Fla., – After a year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is gearing up to be an incredible season for the LPGA Tour. The 2021 LPGA Tour schedule will feature 34 official events across North America, Europe and Asia, with two new events added to the tournament calendar and players competing for a record $76.45 million in official purses.

    In a demonstration of partnership with Tour sponsors, all official LPGA events that were postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will return to the Tour schedule in 2021. There are several adjustments to the schedule given pandemic-related challenges that may arise in early 2021. Namely, full-field events won’t begin until late February, and the usual Spring Asia Swing has been moved back to late April and early May.

  • The PGA TOUR's Best Stats From 2020

    Collin Morikawa - Screen Capture/PGA TOUR

    The word unprecedented speaks to our collective human experience in describing 2020. Lives and careers were uncertain. But as we navigated the new reality, golf was well-positioned to lead. Golf thrived in the crisis and with a makeshift easel of tournaments, the world’s best players painted impressively.

    Justin Ray, 15th Club for PGATOUR.com, lists the best PGA TOUR statistics of 2020.

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  • Video: Jon Rahm Skips Over Water For Ace At Augusta

    By now most golf fans have heard about Spaniard Jon Rahm's amazing ace on the 16th hole at Augusta during a practice round for the Masters on Tuesday. 

    But it is still more than worth watching again...

     

     

  • Augusta National Will Be Different, But How Different Remains To Be Seen

    Augusta National - Image Used With Permission Creative Commons License

    By
    Rex Hoggard/Golf Channel.com

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – The silence will be deafening. A Masters without patrons is going to stand alone in the history of a tournament with no shortage of history, but beyond the lonely landscape, the challenge for players will be playing a course that has become as familiar as an old friend in the spring... in the fall.

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  • Golf Canada's Low Canadian At The Masters Contest

    Select which Canadian you think will have the best finish at The Masters! 
     
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  • Video: A Tournament Unlike Any Other - Augusta National’s New Masters Promo

    With the Masters tournament having rescheduled from its traditional 'rite of spring' date in April to November this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a 77 second promo marvelously narrated by NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts was released recently.

    And like almost all things Masters...it is sure to give golf fans goosebumps.

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  • Ideas To Make Your Course More Accessible

    image credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Written by Leslie Dunning/Courtesy Golf Canada & CSCM

    The Invictus Games, held in Toronto in September 2017, included a golf event hosted by St. George’s Golf Club where spectators were treated to outstanding performances by the athletes. Those of us fortunate enough to attend the event could not help but imagine the opportunities of engaging more people with disabilities in golf.

    “This was the most memorable and inspirational event we have been a part of,” said Jason Clarke, CCM, who was general manager at St. George’s during the Games.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan lone British Columbian in field as new PGA TOUR season begins; Davison T2 at TPC Toronto; du Toit makes cut in Korn Ferry Tour debut

    Merritt's Roger Sloan Is The Lone BCer In This Week's Season-Opener On The PGA TOUR - BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    One season ends and another begins. There really is no off-season anymore on the PGA TOUR, which tees off its 2020-21 season with this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

    It is the first of a record 50 tournaments, including six majors, scheduled over the next year in what the PGA TOUR has dubbed a ‘super season.’

    The U.S. Open and Masters, both postponed due to COVID-19, will be played twice over the next year.

  • Brendan Lawlor Becomes First Golfer With Disabilities To Compete On European Tour

    By DANIEL RAPAPORT, GolfDigest.com

    A 22-year-old Irishman made history becoming the first golfer with disabilities to compete in a European Tour event. 

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  • Video: PGA TOUR's Best All-time Shots Off The Cart Path

    Relief from the cart path wasn’t the answer for these players who make amazing shots hitting off the concrete.

    And is there any surprise at all that four of the shots are courtesy of Phil Mickelson? Probably not. 

     

     

  • Langely's Adam Cornelson Emerges From Retirement To Play First Event Of Canada Life Series

    Adam Cornelson Won The Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada's Bayview Place Island Savings Open In 2016 - Image Courtesy adamcornelsongolf.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    In his new life, Langley’s Adam Cornelson often finds himself in operating rooms observing intricate orthopedic surgeries. In some ways it reminds Cornelson of his former life as a touring golf professional. “I find it very similar to what golf used to give me,” says Cornelson, who sells medical equipment for Conmed, a large U.S. based company.

    “When I know I have to go into the operating room the next morning I am kind of studying and preparing and I am nervous. There’s two or three hours of intensity and then you kind of relax. I find it very similar to a golf tournament.”

  • Canada Life Series An Opportunity To Boost Canadian Content On Mackenzie Tour

    Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Executive Director Scott  Pritchard - BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Canadian content. The PGA TOUR currently has lots of it. The Mackenzie Tour could use more of it.

    The four-event Canada Life Series, which begins next week at Bear Mountain near Victoria, is designed in part to give Canadians access to the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit.

    Scott Pritchard, the Mackenzie Tour’s executive director, acknowledges that a lack of Canadian content is something of a challenge for his circuit.

  • B.C. Pros Keen To Play In Four-Event Summer Series Announced By Mackenzie Tour

    The First Two Events Of The Canada Life Series Will Be Held At Bear Mountain’s Valley And Mountain Courses In Langford - Image Courtesy Bear Mountain

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit could certainly use some additional Canadian content and a summer series of four events announced Friday will help address that issue.

    The Mackenzie Tour has partnered with Canada Life for four 54-hole tournaments that will be for Canadian residents only. The first two tournaments will be held next month at the Bear Mountain Resort near Victoria with the final two events scheduled for the TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in early September.

    Each event of what is being called the Canada Life Series will offer a purse of $50,000 Cdn. More importantly, the series will offer players an opportunity to earn some status on next year’s Mackenzie Tour.

  • Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Announces Four-event Canada Life Series

    Canada Life To Sponsor Tournaments In Langford And Caledon, With 2021 Mackenzie Tour Starts And RBC Canadian Open Invite On The Line

    For Immediate Release

    TORONTO, Canada—With the official Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada sidelined this season due to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tour announced Friday that it will hold a series of four tournaments for players residing in Canada. The tournaments are set for Langford, British Columbia, and Caledon, Ontario, in August and September, all events contested under the direction of the Mackenzie Tour and its staff.

    The Canada Life Series will feature two 54-hole events at Bear Mountain Golf & Tennis Resort Community in Langford on Vancouver Island and two more at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley. Fields will consist of Canadian professionals and elite amateurs, as well as Mackenzie Tour members, regardless of citizenship, who are already in Canada. Officials anticipate field sizes between 90 and 120 players, with purses set at $50,000 (CAD) per event.

  • Quarantine Restrictions Force Cancellation Of 2020 Canadian Women’s Open At Shaughnessy G&CC

    The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open LPGA Event Will Return To Shaughnessy In 2021 - Image Courtesy Facility

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open has become another COVID-19 sports casualty and will not be played late this summer at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. 

    Golf Canada made the announcement Tuesday. With the Canada-U.S. border remaining closed and strict self-quarantine restrictions in place, it simply was not feasible to play the event, which was scheduled for Sept. 3-6. There was some good news for Shaughnessy and Metro Vancouver golf fans, however, as the Southwest Marine Drive layout will play host to the event in 2021.