Canadian roundup: Graham DeLaet’s qualification leads the way
Not since Mike Weir and Stephen Ames had the country buzzing last decade, has momentum been so strong for Canadian golf on the international stage.
This and much more from Canadian weekend sport highlights below:
Why is Graham DeLaet not going to the Pan Am Games? One of the reasons is that he is heading to the British Open at St. Andrews in Scotland, taking place from July 16 to 19.
DeLaet finished fourth at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut over the weekend, narrowly missing the playoffs two shots behind the eventual winner Bubba Watson and second place finisher Paul Casey. DeLaet has a strong likelihood of representing Canada on the men’s side when golf returns to the Olympics at Rio 2016.
Meanwhile, Brooke Henderson finished third in a Road to the LPGA tournament in Harris, Michigan over the weekend, as the 17-year old continues to test herself in trying to win a place on the LPGA Tour in 2016. A top-10 overall finish in the money list at the Symetra Tour would give the teenager a Tour spot next year.
Canada was knocked out at the quarterfinals stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – the first on Canadian turf – on Saturday due to a 2-1 loss to England. A three-minute spell in the first half was all England needed to take a 2-0 lead that was too much to overcome for Canadians, despite Christine Sinclair pulling a goal back prior to halftime.
When Canada’s men thought they had Pool C sealed on a Justin Duff spike in the fourth set against Argentina on Saturday, the ball was called out and the South American side soon lived to play another set, taking five of six World League points from Canada this weekend over two nights.
Canada will learn next week whether it moves to the Group 2 finals for a shot at promotion to the elite group after Argentina and Bulgaria close out Pool C play in Europe.
Several swimmers preparing for Pan Am Games had a strong showing at the Fran Crippen Memorial in California over the weekend. At home, others tuned up at the Québec Cup.
Canadian rowers won multiple medals at the Holland Beker Regatta in Rotterdam, including the top prize in the men’s eight. All members of that team – Julien Bahain, Will Crothers, Will Dean, Michael Evans, Rob Gibson, Jacob Koudys, Kai Langerfeld, Conlin McCabe and Tim Schrijver – will be at the Pan Am Games.