According to Bob Weeks of TSN, Brent McLaughlin, the RBC Canadian Open tournament director has been temporarily removed from his position.
Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum confirmed the suspension but would not provide any details on the situation. McLaughlin had not been fired.
“It’s a confidential employee matter,” he stated. “Brent will not be here for the weekend.”
Bill Paul has taken over as tournament director for the rest of the Championship. Paul ran the event for 22 years.
It is very unusual for a tournament to make such a major change halfway in to the event.
McLaughlin also serves as the tournament director for the CP Women’s Open, set for Aug. 24-27 at the Ottawa Hunt. The suspension extends to the LPGA Tour event as well.
According to Bob Weeks and TSN,
“McLaughlin has kept a high profile in his position owing to his unique path to his job. He’s a tattooed, motorcycle-riding former roadie for the Barenaked Ladies, not exactly the background for the director of a PGA Tour event. He’s been featured in a number of articles including a piece this week in the New York Times.”
Bob Weeks is a senior reporter and golf analyst for TSN sports in Canada.
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Update: 8:14 pm ET
According to the National Press, a news conference with Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum is scheduled for Saturday morning.
Saturday, July 29. 11:00 am
No further details on suspension of RBC Canadian Open Tournament Director Brent McLaughlin – labelled as “confidential employee matter”
McLaughlin was also to be TD for Cp Womens Open. Reports say Golf Canada will name an interim Tournament Director for the CP Womens Open at Ottawa Hunt Club soon.
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