Monday qualifier Tom Hoge of Fargo, N.D., has won the 2011 Players Cup hosted by Jonathan Toews after a bogey-free round of five-under-par 66.
Hoge who picks up $32,000 for the win, is the first player to ever Monday qualify and win on the Canadian Tour.
Hoge, 22, nearly missed his Monday qualifier tee time after receiving bad directions before making it to Elmhurst Golf and Country Club with 10 minutes to spare. He eventually qualified in a playoff after shooting one-over-par.
“It’s kinda crazy that I was 10 minutes away from almost missing the qualifier and now here I am,” said Hoge who finished the tournament at 16-under-par for the week.
“I played great along the way and it has been a lot of fun with all of the support from the fans and volunteers,” added Hoge.
With the victory, Hoge not only gains exempt status on the Canadian Tour for two years, bit he also earns a spot in this week’s RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver.
“I think the exemption was in the back of every players mind this week,” said Hoge .
Benjamin Alvarado of Chile shot a final round 66 to move into contention. Alvarado had a chance on the 18th hole to put pressure on Hoge with a 12-foot birdie putt that would have moved Alvarado to 15-under for the tournament, but he missed the downhill slider.
For Alvarado it’s his sixth top 10 of the season and his third second place finish on the Canadian Tour this year. Alvarado moved into third spot on the Order of Merit with just over $57,000 in earnings and secured his spot in the RBC Canadian Open.
Alvarado will be joined by Order of Merit leader Jose Rodriguez of Mexico, Hugo Leon of Chile, who sits in second place, Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., and Dustin Ridson of Strathmore, Alta..
Adam Hadwin will also be in the Canadian Open field thanks to a sponsor exemption.
For complete scores from the Players Cup, click here.