Perhaps, it was just a soft spot for Glen Abbey, which may have hosted its final RBC Canadian Open last week when seldom was heard a disparaging word about the Jack Nicklaus design. Actually, players were very complimentary about the conditioning including champion Dustin Johnson and the reason for that was superintendent Andrew Gyba and his crew at the Abbey … Gyba said early in the week that an odd winter resulted in challenges getting the Abbey ready for last week. “Winter was tough, especially with the poa annua greens. The risk that we ran, and the situation we were actually put in on a couple of our holes, was that it actually warmed up too much in February, so there were points where it was 16 degrees in February and down in our valley holes and some of our more sheltered holes on 11 and 12, the grass actually woke up and instantly froze again,” said Gyba, saying the cold/cool temperatures extended into May. “All of a sudden, it’s 40 with humidity. There was kind of nothing in between, that good growing weather that you really hope for in May.”
… Mackenzie Hughes is the only Canadian to make significant progress towards the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings who will qualify for post-season play. His T8 finish at the RBC Canadian Open vaulted him from 174th to 152nd, while others stalled at Glen Abbey. Other players outside the top 125 who also face the possibility of being without full-time status include David Hearn, who dropped from 148th to 150th this week, Ben Silverman who went from 135th to 136th, Nick Taylor from 127th to 128th and Corey Conners from 126th to 127th. Those players have two more starts to join the club in the top 125, so the clock in ticking rather loudly … Adam Hadwin leads the Canadian contingent in 65th spot in FedEx Cup standings this week … Hughes also jumped from 254th to 213th in the world golf rankings … Hadwin is the lone Canadian at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron, Ohio, which will run against the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev., where Conners, Hearn, Hughes, Silverman, Taylor and Mike Weir are teeing it up … On the Web.com Tour, the KC Golf Classic in Overland Park, Kans., will include Albin Choi, Seann Harlingten, Stuart Macdonald, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip … Rod Spittle is the lone Canadian in the PGA Tour Champions field at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. … Brooke Henderson is back after a few days off prior to this week’s fourth major of the LPGA Tour season, the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in Lancashire, England. Henderson is the lone Canadian in the field … The Symetra Tour is off until next week when the PHC Classic will be played in Milwaukee. Brittany Marchand was the 2017 champion there … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers how they would describe Glen Abbey as a host site for the RBC Canadian Open to which 70 per cent said it’s a good golf course for fans and tournament play, 15 per cent voted that it’s good for fan viewing, but a mediocre golf course and another 15 per cent said it’s an over-rated golf course and fan experience … This week’s poll asks readers if they feel any more knowledgeable about how legalized marijuana in Canada will affect businesses than they were three years ago when it was just an election promise. As of this writing, 72 per cent said no, with 28 per cent voting yes. If you haven’t already done so, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.