Par-four 14th

The 480-yard, par-four 14th - St. George's signature hole - begins one of the best finishing stretches in golf

This week, at St. George’s Golf Club, is the true test of Golf Canada’s long-overdue decision to move the RBC Canadian Open away from Glen Abbey in order to conduct it at some of the most majestic courses around our vast country. In 2011, Shaughnessy GC in Vancouver will host. In 2012, it will be at Royal Montreal – the oldest continuously operating golf course in North America. It was founded in 1873. But with this shift away from tournament-designed Glen Abbey, there comes a host of problems. And those were right out front yesterday when I walked the fairways of St. George’s. (more…)

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Ilya Kovalchuk

Today's NHL is littered with players just like Ilya Kovalchuk - they take the money and deliver only points on a scoresheet in return (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

As an NHL general manager, if you are dipping into the unrestricted free-agent market of forwards, you basically have just one question to ask yourself: “Do I want a superstar…or do I want a player with character?” The New Jersey Devils just inked Ilya Kovalchuk for US$102M over seventeen years. Devils’ GM Lou Lamoriello had to ask himself this question before he signed Kovalchuk. Obviously, Lou decided he wanted a superstar. Because, when you’re scooping into the character bucket of centres, right wingers and left wingers, you are not going to come up with a Kovalchuk. Sadly, in today’s NHL, the terms ‘superstar’ and ‘character’ have become mutually exclusive. And that sucks. (more…)

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Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson should stick to posing for her new ad campaign because, when she sounds off, she shows what she doesn't know

I don’t normally write straight to someone but, Pamela Anderson, this is straight to you! When I pick up my newspaper and read that you are commenting on the Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth – my ears go up. Then, when I find you’ve said, “I’m not a fan. I never have been. I think it is very cruel,” my BP goes up! And not in a good way. How, Pam, is the Stampede cruel? Seriously, I’m dying to know. Because, while I think you are very intelligent and proudly Canadian, you are way off base on this one. (more…)

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Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy fired an opening-round 63 at this year's Open Championship - eagle, seven birdies

When you shoot 63, as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, 21, did today in the opening round of The Open Championship at St. Andrews, experts trip over themselves waxing about your potential. Everyone was quite happy to point out that McIlroy shot three times his age. But, be forewarned Rory, golf is more fickle than any other sport. The stark reminder comes when looking at the first-round Open Championship leaderboard. Two-time major champion John Daly shot an opening-round 66. Great for John. And Ian Baker-Finch, the 1991 Open Champion, is nowhere to be found. That’s because he’s not in the field. And that’s one of the saddest stories in golf. (more…)

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Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink cradles claret jug as the 2009 Open Champion. It's a moment he will never, ever forget.

Tomorrow, before most North Americans are out of bed, The Open Championship begins at the home of golf – St. Andrews Golf Links in Scotland. It is the 150th anniversary of golf’s oldest – and best – tournament. In 1860 (before Canada was even a country), The Open Championship was first contested at Prestwick, on Scotland’s west coast. Willie Park Sr. walked away with the Challenge Belt. Last year, Stewart Cink became the open champion by vanquishing ageless Tom Watson in a playoff. Here are five reasons why The Open Championship is the greatest event in the game. (more…)

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