Canadians at PGA Tour School
Nine Canadians entered the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School a few days ago at PGA West in La Quinta, California. They were among a total of 173 players competing for a top 25 finish and full exemption on the 2012 PGA Tour. Placing between 26 and 50th place gets you a 10 event exemption on the Nationwide Tour and the remainder of the field is given conditional Nationwide status for 2012.
PGA Tour School
The PGA Tour School is a marathon event over six days and 108 holes. To reach this stage there is a pre-qualifier (513 competing for 258 spots), then stage one (969 competing for 258 spots), if you make it through that stage next is stage two with 450 players competing for 122 spots in the final which has 173 players (some exemptions to the final are given). Two of the Canadian group were given exemptions into the final stage event (Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, BC and Matt McQuillan of Kingston, ON) based on PGA Tour play this year. The other seven played their way through four-round regional qualifiers at stage one and two to reach the final event.
Canadian PGA Tour Results
It looked like Canada was going to add four new players to the 2012 PGA Tour roster through three rounds. Hadwin, Stuart Anderson of Fort McMurray, AB, Brad Fritsch of Manotick, ON and Ryan Yip of Calgary, AB were all in excellent position to claim their cards. Then the winds picked up and PGA West showed how tough it could play. Round four was a tough day for Canadians as almost all lost ground. In the final round none of the Canadian contingent was able to mount a big enough charge. Yip came the closest with a 3 under par round of 69 which fell two shots shy of his PGA Tour card. Yip (t30) and Fritsch (t38) will have 10 event full status when the Nationwide Tour starts in the new year. Anderson will have conditional Nationwide status and should see play in a number of events by virtue of his t54 finish. The remaining Canadian contingent of Hadwin, Mitch Gillis (Williams Lake, BC), James Love (Calgary, AB), Richard Scott (Kingsville, ON) and Richard T. Lee (Vancouver, BC) will likely see limited Nationwide action with their conditional status. McQuillan withdrew from the final stage after round four and he still has limited status on the PGA Tour next year.