The Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada’s third season in 2015 was highlighted by a new partnership with Mackenzie Investments as the umbrella sponsor of PGA Tour Canada, strong competition that featured six playoffs in 12 tournaments and a significant increase in charitable donations by Mackenzie Tour events.
Competitive highlights included J.J. Spaun’s record-breaking season on the way to the Order of Merit title and Player of the Year honours, C.T. Pan winning twice in his first six starts and Jason Millard parlaying a win at the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship into a spot in The Five, who all earned status on the Web.com Tour for the 2016 season.
Highlights from off the course included a 60% increase in charitable donations by Mackenzie Tour events to more than $560,000, aided by a $150,000 donation by the PGA Tour on behalf of Mackenzie Investments, resulting in a $12,500 donation at each event. Additionally, the City of Thunder Bay and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance conducted an economic impact study around the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel and determined the event supported an estimated $4-million of economic activity.
“From the watershed moment of announcing our umbrella partnership with Mackenzie Investments to the incredible level of play by the players at each event, 2015 truly was a year to remember,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “Thanks to the hard work of our host organizations and the tremendous support of our sponsors, we were able to make an even greater impact in the communities where we play than in 2014.”
The following five Mackenzie Tour players earned status on the Web.com Tour:
- J.J. Spaun (Newport Beach, CA) $91,193
- C.T. Pan (Taiwan) $79,896
- Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, ON) $60,736
- Sam Ryder (Longwood, Fla.) $57,168
- Jason Millard (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) $57,040
In addition to The Five, players 6-10 on the Order of Merit earned exemptions into the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School: No. 6 Albin Choi (Toronto, ON), No. 7 Michael Letzig (Kansas City, MO), No. 8 Drew Weaver (Atlanta, GA) No. 9 Adam Svensson (Surrey, BC) and No. 10 Kevin Spooner (West Vancouver, BC).
Players 11-20 earned exemptions into the second stage of Q-School: No. 11 Christopher Ross (Dundas, ON), No. 12 Brad Clapp (Chilliwack, BC), No. 13 Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, ON), No. 14 Ryan Williams (Vancouver, BC), No. 15 Daniel Miernicki (Santee, CA), No. 16 Robert Karlsson (Kalmar, Sweden), No. 17 Talor Gooch (Choctaw, OK), No. 18 Chase Marinell (Cape Coral, FL), No. 19 Charlie Bull (London, England) and No. 20 Clayton Rask (Otsego, MN).
The top 60 on the 2015 Order of Merit kept status for the 2016 season. Below is a breakdown of the top 60 by country:
- U.S. – 34
- Canada – 19
- England – 2
- Sweden – 2
- France – 1
- Zimbabwe – 1
- Taiwan – 1
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