Aug 27,2014(ISN) – The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial is the 10th of 12 events on the
2014 schedule, with four events in as many weeks to close out the race to finish in
The Five and earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2015.
The 2014 schedule consists of 12 events from coast-to-coast, beginning with the PC Financial Open in May and
concluding with the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial
Wildfire hosts unique pro-am format
The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial is host to a unique pro-am
format on PGA TOUR Canada, with a field consisting of 128 professionals and 64
amateurs. Amateurs will be paired with a different professional partner for each
of the first two rounds, with the top 60 professionals plus ties making the cut.
The $27,000 purse for professionals is part of a standard 72-hole competition.
A look back at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial in 2013
The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial played a pivotal role in the
race for The Five in 2013, as American Mark Hubbard earned his first PGA TOUR
Canada victory and would go on to finish third on the Order of Merit, earning
status on the Web.com Tour for this season. This season, Hubbard finished 20th on
the Web.com Tour money list and earned his PGA TOUR card for the 2014-15 season,
joining Tony Finau as players to go from PGA TOUR Canada to the PGA TOUR in one
season. In addition to Hubbard’s 2013 win, Order of Merit winner Mackenzie
Hughes, also finished T-2, helping to secure his spot atop the PGA TOUR Canada
Order of Merit. In all, 9 players who finished T10 or better would go on to earn
status on the Web.com Tour for 2014.
In last year’s final round at Wildfire, Hubbard began the day with a one shot lead
over Hughes and fired a bogey-free, final round 5-under 66 to win by one over Hughes
and Maryland’s Kyle Stough. Hubbard’s 20-under total of 264 was then the lowest
72-hole score of the PGA TOUR Canada era.
A look at the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada season so far
Three different winners of four events in their 20s and five different winners
in their 30s.
Youngest winner: Tim Madigan, The Players Cup (25 years, 9 months, 16 days)
Oldest winner: Brock Mackenzie, ATB Financial Classic (33 years, 16 days)
One two-time winner (Joel Dahmen, PC Financial Open & Syncrude Boreal Open
presented by AECON)
One Order of Merit leader all season (Joel Dahmen, 9 weeks)
Seven 54-hole leaders or co-leaders of nine events to convert victory.
One Canadian winner (Greg Machtaler, Summerland, BC, Forces & Families Open)
Seven first-time winners (Joel Dahmen, PC Financial Open; Josh Persons, Bayview
Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist; Matt Harmon, SIGA Dakota
Dunes Open presented by SaskTel; Tim Madigan, The Players Cup; Wes Homan, Staal
Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel; Greg Machtaler, Forces & Families
Open; David Bradshaw, The Great Waterway Classic)
Three rookie winners (Matt Harmon, SIGA Dakota Dunes Open; Tim Madigan, The
Players Cup; David Bradshaw, The Great Waterway Classic)
Six holes-in-one, three double eagles.
Two players (Tim Madigan and Sean Shahi) to make the cut in every event.
Notes on the field
Eight participants from the RBC Canadian Open, led by Order of Merit leader Joel
Dahmen who made the cut and finished T53. The others: Tim Madigan, Josh Persons,
Michael Gligic, Beon-Yeong Lee, Kevin Stinson, Ben Silverman, Eugene Wong.
Eight winners of all nine PGA TOUR Canada events this season (Joel Dahmen/PC
Financial Open & Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON; Josh
Persons/Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist; Matt
Harmon/SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel; Tim Madigan/The Players Cup;
Wes Homan/Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel; Brock Mackenzie/ATB
Financial Classic; Greg Machtaler/Forces & Families Open; David Bradshaw/The
Great Waterway Classic).
33 Canadians and players from Argentina, Australia, England, France, Scotland,
South Africa, Sweden and the United States.
Race for The Five building
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 Players Cup:
1. Joel Dahmen – $78,922
2. Tim Madigan – $58,442
3. Brock Mackenzie – $50,777
4. Matt Harmon – $40,749
5. Josh Persons – $38,428
The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial sponsor’s exemptions:
Stuart Anderson (Strathmore, AB)
JP Brown (Whittier, CA)
Jon Mills (Belleville, ON)
Jeff Mills (Belleville, ON)
Matthew Peavoy (Peterborough, ON)
James Seymour (Aurora, ON)