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  • Former Player of the Year lends a helping hand at Q-School

    Joel Dahmen caddying for friend David Rose this week

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  • A familiar face to Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada fans is making an appearance at the USA West #2 Q-School this week, though not as a competitor in the field.

    Joel Dahmen, the 2014 Order of Merit winner and Player of the Year, took the time during a week off from his busy schedule as a second-year PGA TOUR member to caddy for friend and fellow Scottsdale, Arizona resident David Rose as he competes to play on the Mackenzie Tour this season.

    “A couple of months ago when we knew he got in this site, I said I'd help him out if he wanted,” says Dahmen. “Rose and I play a lot of golf in Scottsdale with (fellow PGA TOUR members) Nick Taylor and Brandon Harkins, and it's fun to have a friend on the bag sometimes.”

    Rose, originally from West Vancouver, B.C., held conditional status in Canada last year and has played in 28 events on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. According to Dahmen, the 28-year old is a ‘late bloomer’ who’s game has steadily improved over the last couple of years.

    “He plays a lot of golf with PGA TOUR guys and Web.com Tour guys, and he beats us regularly,” says Dahmen. “For him, I think he's just fine-tuning things a little more, being sharper with his wedges, being a little better driving the ball. He has all the tools, and he's putting it all together right now.”

    For Rose, the opportunity to have Dahmen on the bag was about maintaining the atmosphere under which he’s improved in recent years, including plenty of competitive games with players like Dahmen, Taylor and Harkins.

    He plays a lot of golf with PGA TOUR guys and Web.com Tour guys, and he beats us regularly.
    - Joel Dahmen on David Rose's game

    “He’s played with me a lot, so we have some chemistry. We’re just trying to keep it light and have a good time,” says Rose, admitting that he was hoping for the chance that Dahmen would win on the PGA TOUR this spring and have to miss out for a certain other tournament taking place in Georgia this week.  “Well, when he didn’t win Houston, I knew he was available.”

    Dahmen says that both he and Rose are inspired by the play of their peers, with Harkins ranking 51st in the FedExCup standings with seven top-25s already this year and Taylor already owning a PGA TOUR victory. Both played on the Mackenzie Tour as part of their path to the PGA TOUR, and it was Taylor’s fast rise – he went from playing on the Mackenzie Tour to winning the Sanderson Farms Championship in under 14 months – that has motivated them in particular.

    “Nick was always the best when he was an amateur and early on when he turned pro. But having him lead the way, he showed us that if he can do it, we can definitely do it. He leads by example,” says Dahmen.