An International Week of Golf

by Jeff Skinner

Majors are what make the season special and this week we have another one, well one and a half kind of.  The seniors are in Surrey, England at Walton Heath Golf Course for The Senior Open Championship. The Senior Open has golfers from five different countries atop the leaderboard.  Mark McNulty (Ireland), Mike Harwood (Australia) and Mark Calcavecchia (USA) are tied for the lead and Scotland’s Albert Mackenzie and South African David Frost are one stroke back.

The ladies are in also in Europe at the newly crowned, soon to be major, The Evian Masters in Evian-les-Bains, France.  Mike Whan and his partners at The Evian have worked a deal to make The Evian the fifth major for the LPGA in 2013.  As far as this year goes, Shin-Ae Ahn, Maria Hjorth and Karen Stupples are tied at -5 for the lead.  Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome are one back of the leaders.

It’s not a major but the RBC Canadian Open was a very significant tournament a few decades back.  It was considered on a level right below the four majors, much like The Players Championship is today (sorry Tim Finchem.)  The advent of The World Golf Championships have taken some of the luster from the Canadian Open but it’s still a first rate tournament.  Kris Blanks has the lead at -3 with a host of golfers, including Ernie Els one back of the lead.


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