A pair of Canadians has earned exempt status on the PGA Tour after qualifying school concluded Monday at Orange County National near Orlando.
Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., shot a final round, six-under 66 to jump from a tie for 36th going in to a tie for 11th at the end of the day. The top 25 and ties earn their tour cards.
Baryla began his day on the Crooked Cat Course with five consecutive birdies and added two more on 14 and 17, before recording his only bogey of the day on the final hole. The 66 came after Baryla shot a 61 to take the second round lead last Thursday.
Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., had birdies on the fourth and 14th holes on the Crooked Cat Course before recording a bogey on 16 to finish his round at one-under and remain in a tie for 16th, a position he was in at the start of the day.
Baryla and McQuillan will start the season as PGA Tour regulars, along with Canadians Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn.
Hearn earned his tour card after finishing 25th on the Nationwide Tour money list and had originally planned to attend Q-school, but was forced to withdraw as a precautionary measure with an elbow strain.