For the first time since 2000, the Players Cup moves from its usual home at Pine Ridge Golf Club to Niakwa Country Club in 2016, the start of a rotation that will see the event move back and forth between the two venues for the next four years.
Niakwa, a Stanley Thompson design, is hosting the event this year for the first time since 1986.
The Players Cup marks the second-last event before exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open will go to the top three players on the Order of Merit. That will take place after next week’s Staal Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Dan McCarthy of Syracuse, N.Y., has top spot locked up at $73,938, followed in second and third by Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., ($33,810) and Germany’s Max Rottluff ($31,500), respectively. Vancouver’s Ryan Williams ($27,363) and Carter Jenkins ($21,070) of Raleigh, N.C., are fourth and fifth, respectively.
Calgary’s James Love, James Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Victoria’s Darren Hupfer have each earned conditional status in the most recent reshuffle, which took place following the Dakota Dunes Open.
Vancouver’s Stuart MacDonald has received a Golf Canada exemption into the Players Cup and will tee it up with Canadian sponsor exemptions Jay Doyle of Winnipeg, Toronto’s Lucas Kim and Devon Schade of Beausejour, Man.
Canadian Monday qualifiers include Brian Churchill-Smith of Oakville, Ont., Matthew Whittaker of Lethbridge, Alta., and Tyson Beaupre of Grand Prairie, Alta.
The field will include 29 Canadians. For the entire field, click here.