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Angus Glen designer disappointed by snub

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“I thought the course stood up fairly well. (Jim Furyk’s) winning score of 16-under was typical of the PGA tour.”






Conspicuous by his absence from the Canadian Open golf championship last week was its course designer.





Doug Carrick boycotted the event at Angus Glen North after taking what he considered a slap to the face from tournament organizers.





“I was disappointed with things that happened,” Carrick told Metro yesterday. “I stayed away.”





A course designer for 26 years, Carrick was hired to transform Angus Glen into a suitable venue for PGA golfers and felt he did. Organizers, though, decided it wasn’t challenging enough and asked PGA Tour player Davis Love III to make some adjustments aimed at toughening up Carrick’s re-design.





“Nobody called to tell me that,” Carrick said. “I made calls and was told they felt they needed Love to encourage other (high-profile golfers to play in the Open). I offered suggestions but they weren’t interested.”





Love, incidentally, decided not to show up to the Open himself. “Yeah,” Carrick said with a laugh, “that was a bit unusual.”





Carrick said he spent last week with family and watched part of the Open on television.





“I thought the course stood up fairly well,” he said. “(Jim Furyk’s) winning score of 16-under was typical of the PGA tour ... But, sure, I was disappointed.”






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marty.york@metronews.ca