July 9,2014(ISN) – With four events in the books, PGA TOUR Canada heads into the second third of its
12-tournament schedule in Winnipeg, Manitoba at The Players Cup at the Pine Ridge
Golf Club, a 103-year-old Donald Ross design.
Including this week in Winnipeg, PGA TOUR Canada will play eight of the next 10 weeks to conclude its second
Winnipeg rich in a tradition of champions
The Players Cup has a history of producing champions who have succeeded at the next levels, including this year’s U.S. Open co-runner-up Erik Compton (2004), PGA TOUR star Graham DeLaet (2009) and Web.com Tour players Aaron Goldberg(2010), Tom Hoge (2011) and last year’s champ Carlos Sainz, Jr. (2013).
Max’s Roar started at Pine Ridge
St. Georges, Quebec’s Max Gilbert’s breakthrough win at the 2013 TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial may have taken place in London, Ontario, but it never would have been possible without his strong start
in Winnipeg earlier in the season. Last year, Gilbert Monday qualified for The Players Cup and he went on to finish T22 – good enough to secure a spot in PGA
TOUR Canada’s season finale where he edged Trevor Murphy with four rounds in the 60s.
Toughest hole on PGA TOUR Canada
The field will be in for a tough test with Pine Ridge’s par-3 ninth hole this week, which played as the toughest on PGA TOUR Canada last season with an average score of 3.51. The 232-yard uphill hole, which features a classic Donald
Ross-style upside down bowl green, yielded just eight birdies all week last year in 445 attempts by the field.
Former NHLer Savard teeing it up
Former Boston Bruin, New York Ranger, Atlanta Thrasher and Calgary Flame Marc Savard is in the field this week on a sponsor’s exemption. The retired centre, who scored 706 points in 14 NHL seasons, recently qualified for and made the cut at the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship and is following another former star athlete from another sport, after former tennis star Mardy Fish teed it up
last week at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel. Fish missed the cut
with rounds of 74-74.
Race for RBC Canadian Open spots
The next two weeks on PGA TOUR Canada will see a hotly-contested race at the top of the Order of Merit, with the top three players through the Staal Foundation
Open presented by Tbaytel gaining entry into the RBC Canadian Open, July 21-27 at Royal Montreal Golf Club.
Race for The Five taking shape
The top five players on the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit will earn status on the Web.com Tour, making each shot and every dollar important in terms of who will graduate to the Web.com Tour in 2015. With all 50 cards to the PGA TOUR now coming from the Web.com Tour, it’s possible for players to move on from PGA TOUR Canada to the PGA TOUR in just over one year’s time. Here are the standings through the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel (bold denotes Canadian):
1. Joel Dahmen – $57,638
2. Matt Harmon – $36,688
3. Josh Persons – $28,508
4. Tim Madigan – $26,460
5. Robert Karlsson – $18,150
The Players Cup sponsor’s exemptions:
Derek East, St. Charles, MB
Ian Ford, Sioux Lookout, ON
Travis Fredborg, Selkirk, MB
Chris Killmer, Bellingham, WA
Alan McLean, London, ON
Mitch Sutton, London, ON
Josh Wytinck, Winnipeg, MB
Marc Savard, Peterborough, ON
Below are this successful entrants from Open Qualifying, which took place at
Southwood Golf & Country Club in Winnipeg (bold denotes Canadian, * = PGA
TOUR Canada member).
T-1. Krister Eriksson* (Norrkoping, Sweden) – 68
T-1. Andrew Hansen (Mequon, WI) – 68
T-1. David Rose (West Vancouver, BC) – 68
T-1. Wills Smith* (Savannah, GA) – 68
T-1. Jerry Christiansen (Air Ronge, SK) – 69
T-6. Cody Paladino* (Kensington, CT) – 69
T-6. Linus Gillgren* (Onsala, Sweden) – 69
T-6. Murray Walter (Calgary, AB) – 70
T-6. Kevin Stinson* (Mission, BC) – 70
10. Jesse Speirs* (Bangor, ME) – 71 (won 5-for-1 playoff)
NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica winners in the field: Marcelo Rozo (2013 Visa Open de Argentina, 2014 TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open), Michael
Buttacavoli (2014 Dominican Republic Open), William Kropp (2014 Abierto del Centro), Ty Capps (2014 Roberto de Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC) Alan Wagner(2012 Roberto de Vicenzo Invitational Copa NEC), Tommy Cocha (2012 Mundo Maya Open).
Mission, British Columbia’s Kevin Stinson open qualified for the third time this
season, adding to starts at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist and the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel.
2012 The Players Cup champion Chris Killmer and 2012 Jamieson WFCU Windsor
Roseland Charity Classic champion Alan McLean are making their first starts of
the season on PGA TOUR Canada. Both have conditional status in the 2012 Champions category. PGA TOUR Canada members Cory Renfrew, Justin Shin and Josh Anderson all finished
in the top-25 at last week’s Nova Scotia Open on the Web.com Tour to get into
this week’s Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank.
The Players Cup miscellaneous notes
Thirty Canadians are playing this week.
The 488-yard second hole, which played as a par-5 in 2013, will be a par-4 this
Three Manitobans are in the field: Derek East (St. Charles), Travis Fredborg
(Selkirk), Josh Wytinck (Winnipeg).
PGA TOUR Canada alumni notes
Roger Sloan, who won The Western Championship on PGA TOUR Canada in 2011 and graduated to the Web.com Tour after the 2012 season, claimed his first Web.com Tour win at the Nova Scotia Open, becoming the 14th Canadian to win on that
Tour. Sloan made it just the second time that two Canadians have won on the Web.com Tour in the same year, joining Adam Hadwin, who won at the Chile Classic earlier this year. Previously, Jerry Anderson and Rick Todd both won in 1991.
PGA TOUR Canada alumnus Will Wilcox finished T4 at The Greenbrier Classic last