After sleeping on the 36 and 54-hole leads, Jason Millard of Murfreesboro, Tenn., posted a final round 68 and beat Vancouver’s Ryan Williams, the defending tournament champion, in a playoff to win the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, the final event on the 2015 Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada schedule.
With the win and a first-place check of $36,000, Millard jumped from No. 30 to No. 5 in the final Order of Merit to earn status on the Web .com Tour for the 2016 season.
Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ontario, finished T8 to clinch Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honors which comes with a $25,000 prize.
Millard and Williams went back and forth most of the final round, with the two drawing even at 15 under after a Williams bogey on the 17th hole. After both made pars on the 18th hole in regulation, the duo played two sudden-death playoff holes, both on No. 18.
After matching pars on the first hole, Millard had a two-putt par from 15 feet, while Williams was unable to get up and down from the front of the green, missing a par putt from 10 feet that would have extended the playoff.
The final leaderboard is here.
Pendrith, the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year, had five top 10 finishes in 2015, including three playoff losses. He graduates to the Web .com Tour after finishing third in the Order of Merit with $60,736.
“I’m thrilled to be the Freedom 55 Financial Player of the Year and finish in the Five,” said Pendrith.
“While (Sunday) didn’t go the way I wanted, it was nice to close out the season accomplishing some of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. While I wasn’t able to win, I gave myself a lot of confidence by putting myself in that position on a consistent basis,” he said.
Pendrith was the lone Canadian to graduate by finishing in the top five, but Toronto’s Albin Choi, Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. and Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner finished sixth through 10th to earn a spot in the final stage of Web .com Tour qualifying school.
Those finishing 11th through 20th earn an exemption into the second stage of Web. com Q-school. The final list is here.
J.J. Spaun of Los Angeles wrapped up Mackenzie Tour Player of the Year honours on Sunday, finishing with $91,193 in earnings to top the Order of Merit.