Round 4 – Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament (USA East #1)
PARTIAL Fourth Round Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian):
1. Sam Love -10 (thru 9 holes)
2. Seth Reeves -8 (thru 9 holes)
3. Trevor Cone -6 (thru 9 holes)
SAM LOVE LEADS AT Q-SCHOOL, PLAY SUSPENDED DUE TO DARKNESS
(March 25, 2016 – Kissimmee, Fla.) – Birmingham, Alabama’s Sam Love built a two-stroke lead midway through the fourth round at Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school before play was suspended due to darkness at Reunion Resort and Spa’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
The 24-year old, who made 19 starts on the Web.com Tour last season, was two under for his first nine holes thanks to two birdies and no bogeys, reaching 10-under overall and leading by two over Seth Reeves. The University of Alabama at Birmingham grad said he’ll return in the morning looking for medalist honours and exempt status on the Mackenzie Tour for 2016.
“Any of the Q-Schools that I’ve played, I always figure I’m going to have a better chance of making it through if I’m trying to win than if I’m trying to qualify. If you’re just trying to qualify, you get a little tentative and hit shots scared,” said Love.
Toronto, Ontario’s Sebastian Szirmak was the low Canadian with nine holes to go, sitting in a tie for sixth at 4-under par for the tournament.
“I’m ready to finish strong tomorrow. Hopefully in the morning there will be some good scoring conditions and some birdies to grab before ending a long week,” said Szirmak.
Round four will resume Saturday morning with players in position at 8:00 a.m.
PROJECTED SCORES FOR MACKENZIE TOUR STATUS:
1st (Exempt for 2016 season): -10/1st
16th (Exempt through 1st re-shuffle): -2/T15
40th plus ties (Conditional status): +4/T37
KEY NUMBERS TO KNOW
50: Players left to complete round four on Saturday.
4: Players who completed round four in the 60s to move inside the top 40: Dylan Freeman (68/T3), Curtis Donahoe (66/T5), Ben Taylor (66/T22), Crawford Reeves (69/T37).
21: Players under par midway through the fourth round, compared to one player who finished under par for the week when Q-School was played at Reunion in 2014.
“I eagled my first hole back from the delay by hitting a 2-iron from 250 to a foot, so I did something right.” – Sebastian Szirmak on resuming round three this morning after a delay due to dangerous weather on Thursday.
“I really wanted to get back up there because of that year of experience. I don’t want to make excuses for myself, but knowing the golf courses and knowing how Tour life works is huge, and I’m really looking forward to being back up there this year and trying to get in contention.” – 2015 Mackenzie Tour member Curtis Donahoe, who shot a fourth round 66 to move to 5-under and a tie for fifth, on playing his way into status and returning to the Tour this year.