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Golf Canada addresses tournament director change at RBC Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Brett McLaughlin's future as a tournament director for Golf Canada remained cloudy on Saturday after CEO Laurence Applebaum addressed media.

McLaughlin was replaced by Bill Paul as tournament director for the RBC Canadian Open on Friday after two rounds of the PGA Tour event was played. Applebaum had a news conference scheduled for the next day and spoke about the unusually timed switch.

"Our tournament team will be reporting directly to Bill and he has my full support," said Applebaum. "This decision is a confidential Golf Canada employee matter. Given that, I'm unable to provide further details."

McLaughlin is also the tournament director for the CP Women's Open, which will be at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club from Aug. 24-27. Applebaum said Golf Canada would review how the Canadian Open goes and explore options for a director for the LPGA tournament.

"I have complete confidence in Golf Canada's championship staff and our team of more than 1,300 volunteers to continue to conduct the tournament through to its conclusion," said Applebaum.

Paul is currently Golf Canada's chief championship officer and has 22 years of experience with the organization, including serving as tournament director of previous Canadian Opens.


John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

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