PGA TOUR Canada’s third season begins in Vancouver

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PGA TOUR Canada’s third season begins this week at the PC Financial Open, the first of 12 events on the schedule. Players are once again competing in the season-long race to earn status on the Tour. Below is a breakdown of the status available.

Order of Merit position
1 Exempt on 2015 Tour
2-5 Conditional status on Tour
6-10 Exemption into final stage of Tour Q-School
11-20 Exemption into second stage of Tour Q-School
A look back at the 2014 PC Financial Open
The 2014 PC Financial Open proved pivotal in the race for the top spot on the Order of Merit, as champion Joel Dahmen went wire-to-wire, never trailing for a single event all season long.
Dahmen began last year’s final round two strokes behind 54-hole leader Jack Newman, but found himself tied for the lead playing the 72nd hole with playing partner Eugene Wong. After finding the par-5 green in two with a hybrid from 226 yards in a fairway bunker, Dahmen two-putted for birdie that Wong couldn’t match, then watched as Brad Clapp, playing in the group behind, also failed to make birdie, giving Dahmen his first PGA TOUR Canada victory.
Golf Canada National Amateur Team Exemptions 
At each regular PGA TOUR Canada event, two sponsor exemptions are awarded to current or former members of Golf Canada’s National Amateur Team. Alumni of the team who have played on PGA TOUR Canada include Graham DeLaet, Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor. Below are the players teeing it up this week:
Adam Svensson, Surrey, B.C.
Corey Conners, Listowel, Ont.
Other PC Financial Open sponsor exemptions:Joe Panzeri, Meridian, Ida.
Nathan Leonhardt, Richmond, B.C.
Paul Misko, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Stuart MacDonald, Vancouver, B.C.
Bryn Parry, North Vancouver, B.C.
Gordy Scutt, Victoria, B.C.
Monday Qualifiers
Open Qualifying took place at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort & Country Club.
(bold denotes Canadian, * = PGA TOUR Canada member).
1. Drew Preston* (Ada, Mich.) – 65
2. Steven Lecuyer (Grimshaw, Alta.) – 66
T-3. Tony Mak (Vancouver, B.C.) – 68
T-3. Michael Sainz* (Elgin, Il.) – 68
T-3. Jake Johnson* (Cameron Park, Calif.) – 68
T-6. Nick Sherwood (Albany, Ore.) – 69
T-6. Doug Letson* (Tampa, Fla.) – 69
T-6. Blake Olson (Pensacola, Fla.) – 69
T-6. Chris Lee (Coquitlam, B.C.) – 69
T-6. Kurt Watkins (Chandler, Ariz.) – 69
Notes on the field
  • Golf Canada Young Pro Squad member Adam Svensson, who has already captured three Tour titles in the U.S. since turning professional earlier this spring, will play his first PGA TOUR Canada event as a professional. As an amateur, Svensson has made one cut in two career starts on PGA TOUR Canada, finishing T25 at last year’s Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON as an amateur.
  • Corey Conners, also a member of Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad, will compete on PGA TOUR Canada for the first time since turning professional. As a result of his runner-up finish at last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, Conners competed in the Masters Tournament earlier this spring.
  • Other members of Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad in the field include Albin Choi, Taylor Pendrith and Mackenzie Hughes.
  • 14 British Columbians are in the field this week: Brad Clapp (Chilliwack); Adam Cornelson (Langley); Seann Harlingten (West Vancouver); Thomas Hay (Langley); Chris Lee (Coquitlam); Nathan Leonhardt (Richmond); Stuart MacDonald (Vancouver); Greg Machtaler (Summerland); Tony Mak (Vancouver); Bryn Parry (North Vancouver); Cory Renfrew (Victoria); Gordy Scutt (Victoria); Riley Wheeldon (Comox); Ryan Williams (Vancouver).
  • 27 Canadians are in the field.
  • Steve Saunders, playing out of the Tour category, will tee it up alongside his brother Sam, who earned status at Q-School earlier this year.
  • 2014 tournament winners in the field: David Bradshaw (The Great Waterway Classic); Greg Machtaler (National Capital Open to Support Our Troops); Nate McCoy (The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial); Josh Persons (Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist); Ryan Williams (Freedom 55 Financial Championship).
PGA TOUR Canada alumni notes
  • Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., posted his best finish of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season last week, finishing T5 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, moving him to 92nd in the FedExCup standings.
  • Four players who played on PGA TOUR Canada in 2013 are members of the PGA TOUR this season: Nick Taylor, Tony Finau, Mark Hubbard and Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Other PC Financial Open notes
  • Other notable tournaments to be held at Point Grey Golf and Country Club include the RBC Canadian Open (1954) and Canadian Pacific Women’s Open (2003).
  • The top three players on the Order of Merit through the first six events of the 2015 season will earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open.
  • Zac Blair, who played in the PC Financial Open last year out of the Tour member category, earned his PGA TOUR card through the Tour and is No. 83 in thed FedExCup standings.
  • Players will tee off the 1st and 11th tees for the first two rounds this week. 

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