Heintz earns spot
Dunedin's Bob Heintz wasn't supposed to be in Toronto this week for the PGA Tour's Canadian Open. But the 40-year-old earned a spot after taking second at the Reno-Tahoe Open, earning $324,000. "I think it's my biggest check ever,'' he said. He could have forced a playoff had he made a 3-foot putt on No. 18, but it lipped out: "It really wasn't a terrible putt. It just wasn't good enough," he said. "So I can handle it. I'm a big boy.''
Mike Weir, who hopes to become the first Canadian winner of the Canadian Open in 56 years, skipped the final three holes in his pro-am round Wednesday to get treatment for tendinitis, which started bugging him at last week's British Open. "I decided to call it a day after 15 holes …," said Weir, 40. "So, hopefully I'll get it ready for" today.
A glut on top
Justin Rose won two PGA events within three starts, putting him No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings. But it's still not enough to qualify outright for Europe's Ryder Cup team. Four of Europe's top five in world points have won in America this year: Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter. Then there's Paul Casey, who played in the final group at St. Andrews yet is still not eligible. Neither is Padraig Harrington or Henrik Stenson. "I've got some headaches, but I've got some good headaches," captain Colin Montgomerie said.
$22M less for Tiger
Tiger Woods' estimated endorsements for 2010 are worth $22 million less than last year, according to Sports Illustrated's annual analysis of the highest-earning U.S. athletes. He's still No. 1 on the list, as he has been for the rankings' seven years. But his estimated total earnings of more than $90 million are down 30 percent from nearly $128 million two years ago. Phil Mickelson is again No. 2 with total earnings of more than $61 million. His estimated endorsement income is $52 million, compared with $70 million for Woods.
The Transitions Championship, held in March at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, is offering 16 percent discounts — a tribute to Louis Oosthuizen's 16 under at the British Open — on weekly badges and hospitality packages until 5 p.m. Friday. The reduced prices are $74 for the weekly badge, $420 for 20 Corporate Group Good Any Day tickets and $1,175 for the Champions Sky Box packages. The same items will be offered at a reduced price next week based on the Canadian Open results. The offer is only good by phone at (727) 942-5566.
Heat slows Wie
Michelle Wie suffered heat exhaustion during the pro-am of the Evian Masters in France but is expected to play in the tourney's first round. She went to see a doctor after playing in 90-degree temperatures. "She didn't feel faint," press officer Olivia Payerne said.
Defending champ Jordan Spieth, 16, of Dallas advanced in the first round of the U.S. Junior national championship in Ada, Mich. … Stroke-play medalist Danielle Kang of Thousand Oaks, Calif., trailed after 15 holes in the opening round of match play in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship before prevailing on the final hole in Pinehurst, N.C. She'll be among 32 players in today's second round. Alexandra Newell, 17, of Tampa lost 4 and 3 to 2007 champion Kristen Park of Buena Park, Calif.