The Canadian Tour continues this week at the Dakota Dunes Casino Open in Saskatoon, where several Canadians are making a run for the two RBC Canadian Open exemptions available to the top two on the Order of Merit as of the end of next week’s Players Cup in Winnipeg.
Victoria’s Cory Renfrew has a solid lead on that list with $36,339 and Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., is in third place with $28,000, not far behind American Andrew Roque.
A couple of former collegiate standouts are beginning to enjoy solid years as Matt Hill, who lost in a four-hole playoff to Renfrew at last week’s Syncrude Boreal Open, sits fifth on the Order of Merit ($19,300) and Nick Taylor ($14,165) is seventh.
Renfrew, Hill and Taylor are also 1-2-3 in the Canadian rookie of the year race.
One player who did get a Canadian Open exemption on Tuesday was Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., who finished T4 last year at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, the second straight year in which he was low Canadian at the Open.
Hadwin, currently 50th on the Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour, will make his first Canadian Tour start this week in Saskatoon.
The Web.com Tour is off this week, but when it returns on July 12, three-time Canadian Amateur champ Richard Scott, who also received a Canadian Open exemption this week, will be looking to vault into the top 25 on that circuit’s money list.
If he finishes in the top 25 at the end of the season, Scott will earn his PGA Tour card for next year. Last week, he finished third at the United Leasing Championship, which elevated him from 48th to 27th spot on the money list.