Memo to Tim Finchem: This is The Canadian Open!

josh millarSenior Analyst IJuly 23, 2008


This weeks PGA Tour stop is the Canadian Open, Canada’s national open once golf’s third most prestigious event is now just a footnote on the schedule.


The list of winners reads like a who’s who of golf Walter Hagen Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, even Tiger Woods in 2000.


Alas in recent years the champions list has gone from a who’s who of golf to a mere WHO?


OK Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk have won three of the last four years and they should have, they were the only big name players in the field.


The Canadian Open has been the victim of poor scheduling first being slotted in early September when the majority of the “important” golf season has ended.


There was hope for the tournament with the creation of the FEDEX Cup but, the tournament was moved to July right after the British Open and just before a World Golf Championship in Ohio.


But you can’t blame players, they’re independent contractors and must prepare for golf’s biggest events, of which the Canadian Open isn’t any longer.


At Least Jim Furyk knows history, he’s defending his title.


Where does the Canadian Open rank in golf history? Jack Nicklaus said it best “One of the biggest regrets of my career was not winning the Canadian Open”


I wonder if PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem knows this? Show that you respect history, make it a FEDEX Cup playoff event!