Notes: Freedom 55 Financial Championship
See what scenarios are in play for the Order of Merit race in London
September 15, 2015
By Communications, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada
- September 15, 2015
- J.J. Spaun owns the Order of Merit lead, but needs to hold off C.T. Pan this week (Claus Andersen/PGA TOUR)
In This Article
Dates: September 14-20
Course: Highland Country Club (London, Ont.)
Par/Yards: 34-36—70/6,754 yards
Field: 59 (Top 60 on the Order of Merit eligible)
2014 champion: Ryan Williams
Purse: $200,000/$36,000 (winner)
Format: 72-hole stroke play
The Freedom 55 Financial Championship is the final of 12 events on the 2015 schedule, with five events in as many weeks to close out the race to finish in The Five and earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2016. The top 60 players on the Order of Merit through the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial make the field and retain exempt status on the Mackenzie Tour for the 2015 season.
The 2015 event begins at a new home, with the Stanley Thompson-designed Highland Country Club hosting the event.
Final stop in the race for The Five
This week’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship is the final chance for players to earn status on the Web.com Tour for next season. Below is a breakdown of the Web.com Tour status available by position on the 2015 Order of Merit.
Exempt on 2015 Web.com Tour
Conditional status on 2015 Web.com Tour
Exemption into final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
Exemption into second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
Freedom 55 Financial Invests in Canadian Golf
In addition to serving as title sponsor of this week’s $200,000 event, Freedom 55 Financial also sponsors the Freedom 55 Canadian Player of the Week and Canadian Player of the Year Awards. This year, with increased prizes, the top Canadian on the leaderboard each week receives a $2,500 prize, with the top Canadian player on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning a $25,000 prize.
All five members of Team Freedom, which consists of Taylor Pendrith, Albin Choi, Adam Svensson, Mackenzie Hughes and Matt Hill, qualified for this week’s event.
Seven scenarios exist in which current Order of Merit leader J.J. Spaun cannot retain the top spot on the Order of Merit. With no 36-hole cut this week, only J.J. Spaun, C.T. Pan, Sam Ryder and Taylor Pendrith have a mathematical chance of winning the Order of Merit as long as Spaun finishes 72 holes. Below are the scenarios, along with the required finish for the other players to keep the scenario intact.
Spaun must finish
Pan must finish
Ryder must finish
C.T. Pan wins
C.T. Pan solo 2nd
4-way 3rd or worse
C.T. Pan 2-way 2nd
3-way 7th or worse
C.T. Pan 3-way 2nd
15th or worse
C.T. Pan solo 3rd
22nd or worse
Sam Ryder wins
2-way 19th or worse
3rd or worse
Taylor Pendrith wins
35th or worse
2-way 3rd or worse
Any player currently 38th or better on the Order of Merit can move inside The Five with a win this week. Below are the top 38 and their minimum required finish to surpass fifth place, currently occupied by Albin Choi at $51,017. Only J.J. Spaun and C.T. Pan are guaranteed to finish in The Five.
To reach No. 5
Minimum Required Finish
2-way tie for 9th
2-way tie for 2nd
Currently, 11 Canadian players can potentially win the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year and a $25,000 prize. Below are 10 players who can surpass current top Canadian Taylor Pendrith at $54,936 and their minimum required finish to so.
To reach No. 5
Minimum Required Finish
A look back at the 2014 Freedom 55 Financial Championship
The 2014 Freedom 55 Financial Championship saw Vancouver, B.C.’s Ryan Williams break through for his first Mackenzie Tour victory. Williams entered the day two shots off the lead held by Clayton Rask, but produced a sparking 4-under back nine of 32, including a birdie on the 17th to pull even with Rask and Adam Cornelson at 14-under. When Cornelson made bogey in the group ahead and Rask was unable to get up-and-down from behind the green at 18, Williams’ two-putt par secured the win, along with sixth place on the Order of Merit and Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours.
Canadians in the Field: 18
Albin Choi – Toronto, Ont.
Brad Clapp – Chilliwack, B.C.
Corey Conners – Listowel, Ont.
Riley Fleming – Airdrie, Alta.
Max Gilbert – St-Georges, Que.
Michael Gligic – Burlington, Ont.
Seann Harlingten – West Vancouver, B.C.
Matt Hill – Sarnia, Ont.
Mackenzie Hughes – Dundas, Ont.
Taylor Pendrith – Richmond Hill, Ont.
Cory Renfrew – Victoria, B.C.
Christopher Ross – Dundas, Ont.
Danny Sahl – Sherwood Park, Alta.
Ben Silverman – Thornhill, Ont.
Kevin Spooner – West Vancouver, B.C.
Adam Svensson – Surrey, B.C.
Riley Wheeldon – Comox, B.C.
Ryan Williams – Vancouver, B.C.
(North Vancouver, B.C.’s Eugene Wong qualified at No. 36 on the Order of Merit, but is opting to play the remainder of the PGA TOUR China Series season)
A look at the 2015 Mackenzie Tour season so far
· 10 of 11 winners have been in their 20s.
· Youngest winner: Albin Choi, Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist (23 years, 1 month, 3 days).
· Oldest winner: Michael Letzig, SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel (35 years, 1 month, 28 days).
· Only two 54-hole leaders or co-leaders (Sam Ryder – National Capital Open to Support Our Troops, Brad Clapp – The Great Waterway Classic) have gone on to win.
· Four Canadian winners (Albin Choi/ Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist; Kevin Spooner/Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON; Brad Clapp/The Great Waterway Classic; Christopher Ross/The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial)
· Mackenzie Hughes is the only player to make the cut in every event.
Notes on the field
- Countries represented: United States (34), Canada (18), England (2), Sweden (2), France (1), Zimbabwe (1), Taiwan (1).
- Danny Sahl is the only player in the field without playing membership. Sahl is a veteran member of the Mackenzie Tour.
- Four players who began the year with no status (Corey Conners, Adam Svensson, Kevin Spooner, Danny Sahl).
- 29 players who earned status at Qualifying Schools this Spring (15 Florida, 10 British Columbia, 4 California).
- 28 players who had never held status on the Mackenzie Tour prior to 2015.
- 5 players who were Mackenzie Tour members in 2014 but failed to retain status (Max Gilbert, Jason Millard, David Skinns, J.J. Spaun, Kevin Spooner).
- 5 players who joined the Mackenzie Tour as Web.com Tour members (Mike Van Sickle, Jason Millard, Nyasha Mauchaza, Ben Geyer, David Pastore).