Winnipeg, MB – Chris Killmer of Bellingham, WA is the 2012 Players Cup Champion after defeating Vince Covello of Philadelphia in a four hole playoff. The Players Cup is Killmer’s first victory on the Canadian Tour and moves him to 5th on the Order of Merit after cashing $24,000 for the victory.
Killmer started the day tied with Covello at 13-under par. After both players finished regulation at 15-under it took a four hole playoff to decide a winner. It was the first playoff in Winnipeg since 1989 when Stuart Hendley defeated Steve Chapman and Dave Barr to claim victory.
Starting on the par 4 460-yard 18th hole both players halved the hole with pars. The duo headed back to 18 and again halved the hole with bogeys. The playoff then moved to 17 where again pars halved the hole. It wasn’t until the fourth playoff hole on 18 where Covello’s three putt handed Killmer the victory.
“I’m on top of the world right now. To win the Players Cup this week and getting married to my best friend next month the timing couldn’t be better,” said an exhausted Killmer, who set to marry his fiancée on August 11th. “We had a great field this week. A lot of guys played really good golf, and to call yourself the best of that field is a great feeling,” added Killmer, who was making his 15th start on the Canadian Tour.
Covello meanwhile, was the only player this week to shoot in the 60’s for all four rounds. The PGA TOUR Latino America member now has a sixth and tie for fifth and a second place to his credit at The Players Cup.
“I’ve obviously played well here and yes it’s disappointing not to win but overall I am encouraged with my game and the way I handled myself today,” said Covello, who moved to 11th on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit.
Matt Hill and Cory Renfrew will be representing the Canadian Tour at the RBC Canadian Open after both players finished first and second on the Order of Merit following The Players Cup. Michael Gligic gave Renfrew an early scare today but two bogeys in his last three holes all but spoiled his chances at passing Renfrew. Gligic still has a chance to get into his first RBC Canadian Open as the Burlington native along with top three through 22 players on the Order of Merit are exempt into the final qualifier set for Monday July 23rd at Heron Point in Ancaster.
Matt Makinson came into the week needing to earn $3,544.26 in order to get off his partial medical exemption came up just short. The Coquitlam, BC resident started the day tied for third and well inside the top 11 which he needed to secure status. Unfortunately Makinson came up $894.26 short and will need to Monday qualify or seek exemptions for any hope to regain status on the Tour.
David Lang of Toronto who started the week by winning the Monday qualifier finished The Players Cup in third place alone. Making his first start on the Canadian Tour Lang is now exempt into The Great Waterway Classic the next full field event on the Canadian Tour. With his third place showing Lang earned $9,000 and will need an additional 2,715.00 to earn full status on the Canadian Tour. Luckily for Lang both the Jamieson WFCU Windsor Roseland Charity Classic and the Canadian Tour Championship have open qualifiers should he wish to enter.
Should Lang earn status on the Canadian Tour before the conclusion of the season he will be entered into the Canadian Rookie of the year race presented by The Great Waterway Tourism Region in southern Ontario. Matt Hill has a vice grip on the lead while Renfrew is sitting in second. All of the rookies will have three more events to catch Hill and claim the prestigious prize that who’s who of Canadian’s have claimed in the past.
Should Lang not play in any other Canadian Tour events for the rest of the season but finish the year inside the top 90 on the money list the Toronto native will earn non exempt status for 2013 on the Canadian Tour.
Tune into the Canadian Tour Report this coming Wednesday on PGATOUR.com and CANTOUR.com to see all the highlights from The Players Cup.
The Canadian Tour now turns its focus to the RBC Canadian Open which begins July 23. A full schedule of reports and videos will be filed beginning at the Monday Qualifier and throughout tournament week. Tune into Canadian Tour TV for more.
The next Canadian Tour event is the Jamieson WFCU Windsor Roseland Charity Classic set to be played at the newly renovated Roseland Golf Course August 13-19. Pro Am spots are still available by visiting www.wrcccantour.ca.