The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada wraps up its 12-event season this week, with lots on the line at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship at the Stanley Thompson-designed Highland Country Club in London, Ont.
This week’s event will decide the top five on the Order of Merit who will earn status for next season on the Web .com Tour. The No. 1 player will be exempt on the Web .com Tour, while second through fifth-placed players will each earn conditional status.
In addition, the sixth through 10th-placed players will earn exemptions into the final stage of Web .com Tour Q-school and 11 through 20 will earn exemptions into the second stage.
Going into this week’s event, two Canadians are in the top five, with Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Toronto’s Albin Choi fourth and fifth, respectively.
Others in the top 20 include Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner (eighth), Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., (ninth), Christopher Ross of Dundas, Ont. (10th), Brad Clapp of Chilliwack, B.C. (11th), Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., (14th) and Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C. (20th)
Pendrith still has a mathematical chance to finish on top of the Order of Merit and earn full status. Any player 38th or better on the Order of Merit has the opportunity to move into the top five with a victory this week.
Ten players can also potentially replace Pendrith and take Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours.
Those include Choi, Spooner, Svensson, Ross, Clapp, Hughes, Wheeldon, Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Danny Sahl of Sherwood Park. Alta.
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With the field limited to the top 60 on the Order of Merit and with no 36-hole cut, here are the 18 Canadians who will tee it up in London:
Albin Choi, Toronto
Brad Clapp, Chilliwack, B.C.
Corey Conners, Listowel, Ont.
Riley Fleming, Airdrie, Alta.
Max Gilbert, St-Georges, Que.
Michael Gligic, Burlington, Ont.
Seann Harlingten, West Vancouver, B.C.
Matt Hill, Sarnia, Ont.
Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, Ont.
Taylor Pendrith, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Cory Renfrew, Victoria, B.C.
Christopher Ross, Dundas, Ont.
Danny Sahl, Sherwood Park, Alta.
Ben Silverman, Thornhill, Ont.
Kevin Spooner, West Vancouver, B.C.
Adam Svensson, Surrey, B.C.
Riley Wheeldon, Comox, B.C.
Ryan Williams, Vancouver, B.C.
Williams won last year’s event to secure Freedom 55 Canadian Player of the Year honours and finish sixth on the Order of Merit.
North Vancouver’s Eugene Wong finished 36th on the Order of Merit to qualify for this week’s event, but has chosen to play the rest of the season on PGA Tour China, where he won last week and is second on that tour’s Order of Merit.
The Freedom 55 Financial Championship gets underway on Thursday.