PGA TOUR Canada makes return to Atlantic Canada

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September 3, 2013, Cape Breton, NS – The inaugural Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial sees PGA TOUR Canada return to the east coast for the first time since the 2001 Aliant Cup in St. John’s, Newfoundland, ending a 12-year hiatus.

With Cape Breton emerging as a world class golf destination, the Tour heads to The Lakes Golf Club, a stunning Graham Cooke layout on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes south of Sydney, Nova Scotia, for the eighth event of the season.

Competition for The Five comes down to the wire

With seven events in the books, the race for the five Tour cards available at season’s end is taking shape for a thrilling finish. The top nine spots on the list are currently separated by less than $10,200 – the winnings for third place – meaning no spot in The Five is safe with two events to go. Here are the current top five through The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial

1. Riley Wheeldon – $39,937.50 

2. Wil Collins – $39,708.04 

3. Joe Panzeri – $37,355.23 

4. Hugo Leon – $37,167.00 

5. Mark Hubbard – $35,451.29

Last chance to qualify for TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial

This week will be the last chance to qualify for the Order of Merit-only TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial, with the top 132 on the Order of Merit getting in to the season ending event. With several sponsor’s exemptions and Monday qualifiers playing well throughout the year, a number of players have played their way into a chance to tee it up at the season’s last event. Here is a list of players who started the season with no status who are currently inside the top-132 heading into this week (Bold denotes Canadian).

12. Mackenzie Hughes – $25,114.29

61. T.J. Vogel – $4,509.64

69. Albin Choi – $3,561.67

97. Justin Shin – $2,175.00

100. Ben Briscoe – $2,079.65

107. Sebastian Szirmak – $1,646.25

110. Max Gilbert – $1,541.25

112. Clark McPherson – $1,521.67

121. Rafael Campos – $1,170.00

125. Greg Doherty – $844.69

127. Edd Boudreau – $735.00

2014 cards on the line as season’s end draws near

While virtually every PGA TOUR Canada player’s goal is to finish in The Five, it’s not the only cut off to keep an eye on over the next two weeks. The top 60 players on the Order of Merit at season’s end will regain full status for next season, with several big names on the outside looking in. Here is the ‘bubble’ and a list of notable names with two events to go. 

56. Jose Toledo – $5,202.08

57. Nate McCoy – $5,154.38

58. Trey Denton – $5,103.53

59. Brett Lederer – $4,962.50

60. Jason Scrivener – $4,800.00

61. T.J. Vogel – $4,509.64

62. Erik Barnes – $4,470.00

63. George Bradford – $4,380.42

64. Kevin McAlpine – $4,372.50

70. Wes Heffernan – $3,549.18

78. James Love – $3,268.39

80. Chris Killmer – $3,096.25

83. Danny Sahl – $2,905.60

87. Stuart Anderson – $2,678.39

89. Andrew Roque – $2,400.00

Hughes chasing Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year title

Dundas, Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes captured Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week for the second week in a row at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial, finishing tied for second. Each week the top Canadian on the leaderboard will earn a $1,500 prize, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year. Hughes currently sits fourth among Canadians at $25,114.29 on the season, trailing overall Order of Merit leader Riley Wheeldon of Comox, BC who sits first at $39,937.50.

Monday Qualifiers

This week’s Monday Qualifier took place at The Lakes Golf Club, where 33 players teed it up for 10 spots in the field. Brett McNallie took medalist honours with a 3-under par 69.

* = PGA TOUR Canada member

Bold denotes Canadian

1. Brett McNallie – 69

T-2. Lucas Kim – 70

T-2. Dan Bowling – 70

4. Max Gilbert – 71

5. Mac Boucher* – 72

6. Scott Stiles – 73

T-7. Ryan Cook – 74

T-7. Alex Egan – 74

T-7. Mathieu Gingras – 74

T-7. Brett Cairns – 74

Alumni Watch

2009 PGA TOUR Canada Player of the Year Graham DeLaet made history on Monday, becoming just the second Canadian to ever qualify for the Presidents Cup International Team after five-time participant Mike Weir. DeLaet, who finished eighth on the International Team standings, will join Steve Stricker as alumni playing in the matches at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio next month. 

DeLaet also put himself squarely in contention for the FedExCup, posting a solo third finish at The Deutsche Bank Championship to go with his T-2 finish at The Barclays to sit fifth overall in the standings. Stricker, meanwhile, was the runner-up at the Deutsche Bank Championship to jump to eighth. DeLaet and Stricker are two of nine PGA TOUR Canada alumni to qualify for the BMW Championship.

Field Breakdown

This week’s field includes 66 Canadians, 71 Americans and players from 15 countries including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Thailand, Australia and South Africa.

Locals include Cape Breton’s own Peter Campbell, as well as Nova Scotians Brian Affleck, Eric Banks, Shayne Stevens and Maritimers Mathieu Gingras, Thomas Keddy and Alex Egan.

Christian J. Stewart
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