September 10, 2015, London, ON – The PGA TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial takes place this week at the Sunningdale Golf & Country Club in London, Ontario.
Competition for The Five comes down to the wire
With eight events in the books and just one player having secured Web.com TOUR status for 2014, the race for the five Web.com Tour cards is shaping up for a dramatic finish. Order of Merit leader Mackenzie Hughes is the only player who has guaranteed himself a spot in The Five, and everyone 30th or better still has a chance mathematically of moving inside the top five with a win. Here are the top five heading into this week:
1. Mackenzie Hughes – $52,114.29
2. Riley Wheeldon – $43,987.50
3. Hugo Leon – $39,897.00
4. Wil Collins – $39,708.04
5. Joe Panzeri – $39,312.73
The top five players on PGA TOUR Canada’s Order of Merit will earn Web.com Tour status for 2014, with the top player fully exempt and the rest of The Five earning highly placed status. Players finishing 6th through 10th will earn an exemption into the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, while players finishing 11th through 20th earn an exemption into the second stage.
Sunningdale’s two courses combine for unique layout
Sunningdale Golf and Country Club will show off parts of both its classic courses this week, with the tournament taking place on a unique layout comprised of 10 holes of the Stanley Thompson course and eight holes of the Clinton ‘Robbie’ Robinson course. The championship course will be begin on holes 10-16 on the Thompson course, continue on to holes 7, 8 and 1 Thompson, then switch over to 11-16 on the Robinson course, with the final two holes the 2nd and 18th on the Robinson course.
Freedom 55 Financial Canadian player of the Year on the line
The top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end will be named Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year and earn a $10,000 cash prize. Each week, the top Canadian on the leaderboard wins Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week and a $1,500, with Dundas, Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes claiming the last three awards. Hughes holds a $8,126.79 lead over Comox, British Columbia’s Riley Wheeldon heading into the week.
2014 cards on the line as season’s end draws near
The top 60 on the 2013 Order of Merit will retain exempt status on PGA TOUR Canada for next season, with a tight race developing heading into this week. Here are players around the bubble, as well as several notables on the outside looking in:
- 56. Derek Berg – $6,097.17
- 57. Fergal Rafferty – $6,033.75
- 58. Russell Surber – $5,970.00
- 59. Kyle Kallan – $5,839.16
- 60. Ryan Blaum – $5,743.66
- 61. Trey Denton – $5,737.28
- 62. T.J. Vogel – $5,649.64
- 63. James Allenby – $5,441.25
- 64. Erik Barnes – $5,281.50
- 65. Jose Toledo – $5,202.08
- 80. Wes Heffernan – $3,549.18
- 85. Chris Killmer* – $3,096.25
- 88. Danny Sahl – $2,905.60
- 91. Stuart Anderson – $2,678.39
- 94. Andrew Roque* – $2,400.00
- 118. Alan McLean* – $1,520.89
(* = 2012 Winner, which guarantees non-exempt status for 2014)
Hughes and Wheeldon looking to follow Hill, DeLaet as Order of Merit winner
With his win at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial, Mackenzie Hughes put himself in position to become the second straight Canadian to win PGA TOUR Canada’s Order of Merit. Last year, Sarnia, Ontario’s Matt Hill topped the season long earnings list, becoming the first Canadian to do so since Graham DeLaet in 2009. Hughes’ move to the top displaced Comox, British Columbia’s Riley Wheeldon, who had led the Order of Merit since his win at the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.
Nine PGA TOUR Canada alumni will tee it up at the third stage of the FedExCup Playoffs, with no. 5 Graham DeLaet and no. 8 Steve Stricker leading the way heading to the BMW Championship. Stricker and DeLaet finished second and third, respectively, at the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago.
This week’s field includes 43 Canadians, 69 Americans and players from 17 countries including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Jamaica, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, South Korea, Thailand, Australia and South Africa.
Past winners of the TOUR Championship of Canada in the field include Eugene Wong (2012), Stuart Anderson (2011 and 2006) and James Love (2009).
Locals in the field include Londoners Andrew Parr and Alan McLean, and St. Thomas, Ontario’s Jace Walker.