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Tourney hopes shift in date draws Woods
By TIMES WIRES
Published August 10, 2006
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Founder Jack Vickers says the International's move to the Fourth of July weekend next year will mean a smaller field and a bigger draw for the golf tournament at Castle Pines Golf Club.
But the big question is, will the move from the annual August date entice Tiger Woods?
He hasn't played the majestic mountain course since 1999.
Vickers hopes that changes next year, when the International will be played in a slot long held by the Western Open, where Woods has played nine times in his 10 full seasons on the PGA Tour.
Woods has played the International only in 1998 and '99. Like a lot of the world's top players, he has taken to skipping the Colorado tour stop that has usually been played right before or after the PGA Championship.
The new date is three weeks after the U.S. Open and two weeks before the British Open, which would give Woods enough elbow room to play the International.
However, the Buick Open will be played a week before the International. Buick is one of Woods' biggest sponsors, and he might be hesitant to play in consecutive tournaments before leaving to prepare for the British Open.
"I don't have a clue as to what will happen there," Vickers said. "We've talked to his manager, and all I can tell you is in the past, he's played that weekend. So, I don't know. All we can do is do our best."
CANADIAN OPEN: Lorie Kane is hard to miss at the Canadian Women's Open.
The face of women's golf in Canada, her picture is seemingly everywhere at the London Hunt and Country Club. She draws cheers and shouts of encouragement at every turn and leaves a long trail of adoring fans clutching autographed hats and programs.
"I'm proud of that. I've worked hard on my game and myself," Kane said. "For people to acknowledge my hard work and follow me, fellow Canadians or not, it's just a real honor."
Kane, 41, is trying to become the second Canadian to win an LPGA Tour event in Canada. Jocelyne Bourassa accomplished the feat in the 1973 La Canadienne.
"I know that every fan out there wants a Canadian to win and I want it to be me," Kane said a day before the start of play. "But all I can do (today) is put the peg in the ground and hit the first tee shot and then continue to chase it around for four more days."
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Paige Mackenzie sustained her solid play to advance after the opening round of match play at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore. Mackenzie, the top finisher in stroke-play qualifying earlier this week, defeated Leah Wigger of Louisville, Ky., 3 and 2. Kristina Wong of Bradenton lost to Alison Walshe 6 and 5. Cydney Clanton defeated Bradenton's Isabelle Lendle on the 19th hole.