Golf News

  • Jordan Spieth has a chance to accomplish something only Tiger Woods has done: win all four major tournaments by the age of 24. Spieth set himself up for the milestone by winning the British Open in July, having already won the Masters and the U.S. Open in 2015, and he can complete the Grand Slam with a PGA Championship win at Quail Hollow.
  • Brooks Koepka decided not to play any golf between his U.S. Open victory and the start of The Open championship at Royal Birkdale, and the rest and relaxation appears to be paying off. Koepka owns a three-way share of the lead following the first round, shooting 5 under alongside Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar.
  • The 2017 U.S. Open is being held on a course too young to buy a drink. Erin Hills opened in 2006, and will host the U.S. Open in its 11th year of existence, breaking with the tradition of using old, well-established courses for the major tournament, such as last year’s iteration at Oakmont. Breaking with tradition has led to controversy, like in 2015 at Chambers Bay, and Erin Hills could confound golfers with its unique layout and style.
  • Tiger Woods is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. He ruled out returning to professional golf for the rest of this year after undergoing back surgery in April and seemed optimistic about eventually playing again in a post on his website, but his actions behind the wheel early Monday morning tell a different story.
  • It was fitting that Sergio Garcia needed to play one extra hole before securing the first major tournament title of his career. Garcia beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff at the 2017 Masters on Sunday, ending a journey that spanned nearly two decades and 70 major tournaments—the most any winner has participated in before winning their first.
  • Dustin Johnson made it all the way to the first tee before deciding he wasn’t fit to compete in the 2017 Masters. The world’s top-ranked golfer is dealing with a lower back injury he suffered Wednesday after falling down a small staircase at the house he rented for the tournament.
  • The focus of the British Open is on Jordan Spieth and whether the young American will overtake Rory McIlroy as the number one golfer on the world rankings.  The battle between Spieth and McIlroy is appealing to fans around the world, but Canadians also have their own players to bet on.
  • Ahead of the 2014 Masters, former champion Mike Weir acted as an unofficial mentor to Canada’s next great golf ambassador, Graham DeLaet.  But DeLaet missed the cut for the 2015 Masters and Weir took on a new protégé – 23 year old Corey Connors.

    Weir and Connors are the best bets for a Canadian golfer to win another title in Augusta.  Weir holds the distinction as the first Canadian to win one of the four major golf tournaments on the PGA Tour, but he would like to see the legacy pass onto a new champion.
  • Canadian golf fans had high hopes on Saskatchewan born Graham DeLaet ahead of the four majors on the 2015 PGA Tour.  But the 33 year old has only finished in the top 10 twice this season, threatening his odds of qualifying for the Masters next week.
  • Canada’s reputation on the world golf stage was managed by Mike Weir for over a decade.  Weir became the face of Canadian golf in 2003 after he became the first Canadian male golfer to win the Masters, one of the PGA’s four major tournaments that all players strive to compete in.
  • The Canadian Open teed off yesterday at the Royal Montreal Golf Club in Île Bizard, located near the island of Montreal.  The tournament is the first renewed stop on the PGA Tour since the British Open last weekend, which was won by Rory McIlroy.
  • The PGA Tour is shifting from the US Midwest to the southeast for the Honda Classic, a tournament played every year in Florida. The latest leg of the Tour tees off on Thursday February 27, and will sink the final putt at the end of Sunday March 2.
  • The golf betting community is putting a lot of faith, and potentially a lot of money behind Saskatchewan’s star golfer, Graham DeLaet. The Canadian is quickly becoming one of the breakout stars of the PGA, and experts predict the 2014 season will continue DeLaet’s strong finish to the 2013 season.