Three of the top four seeds at the PGA of Canada Championship being played at Calgary’s Country Hills Golf Club have been eliminated.
Brian McCann (The Academy at BraeBen), the No. 1-ranked player from the national player rankings, lost 2&1 to Eddward Boudreau (Gorge Vale Golf Club).
Danny King (The Performance Academy at Magna), ranked No. 2, fell 5&4 to Eric Laporte (Club de Golf Montcalm), while Lindsay Bernakevitch (Shaughnessy Golf and Country) took down host professional Brett Burgeson 3&2.
“The seeding in this event is just a number,” said Bernakevitch. “We’re all evenly matched in my opinion. We’re all great players and it just matters how you play on the day.”
Boudreau, who made six birdies in his match against McCann on a Talons Course that saw less wind than Tuesday, agreed.
“We’ve got some really good players and there’s a lot of talent and there’s a lot of people here with a lot of history in this game,” he said.
“So, whether you’re playing a very good veteran or one of the younger guys with talent, you know you’ re going to have to play very well to win,” said Bourdreau.
Bryn Parry (Seymour Golf Centre) is the highest-seeded player at No. 3 remaining after his 3&2 victory against Keir Smith (The National Golf Club of Canada).
Other top-10 seeded players advancing to Thursday morning’s third round include No. 5 Dave Levesque (Academie de Golf Performance – Club de Golf La Prairie) and Mike Belbin (Royal Mayfair Golf Club), No. 7.
With McCann, King and Burgeson all losing Tuesday, Parry, Levesque and Belbin still have a chance to earn an exemption into next month’s RBC Canadian Open.
The player who sits atop the rankings at the conclusion of the tournament earns the exemption.
McCann currently sits atop the rankings with 160 points. Should Parry, Levesque and Belbin not advance at least to the championship’s semi-final matches, McCann would maintain his spot at the top and earn the exemption.
For complete scoring from Wednesday, click here.