I had a chance to chat with Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C. , who was headed back to the PGA Tour on a medical exemption, but upgraded his status with a tie for 11th at qualifying school last week.
Baryla says he’s feeling fine these days after surgery cut his rookie year short earlier this season. For the past few years, he has been suffering from what he thought was a back problem, but turned out to be bone on bone in his left hip.
Baryla is part of a notable crowd of Canadians who will play on tour next year, a group that includes Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet, David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., who earned his card after finishing in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list, and Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., who also made it through Q-school.
Baryla says McQuillan is a perfect example of the Canadians out there who have the capability to hit the big show at any point over the next few years.
You can read the entire column that I wrote for Sun Media by clicking here.