Power Rankings: Freedom 55 Financial Championship
September 10, 2018
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Zach Wright is trending nicely heading into the Freedom 55 Financial Championship. (Russell/PGA TOUR Canada)
This is it.
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada comes to a close this week in London, Ont. at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, a limited-field tournament that sees the top-60 on the Order of Merit go after the largest prize of the season.
While Tyler McCumber has essentially guaranteed himself the money title this year, leading second-place Zach Wright by $48,220, there’s still a lot at stake for those fighting for a chance at The Five, and getting into the top-10 and top-25, respectively.
A year ago it was Rico Hoey who captured the title in London and jumped all the way into the fifth and final spot on the Order of Merit.
Will someone follow in Hoey’s footsteps? Or will McCumber put one last pin into a dominating season?
Here are 10 players to watch this week.
1. Zach Wright: Wright appears to be ending his season the same way he started – with some really good golf. Wright has made the most birdies of anyone on Tour (219) and has seven top-10’s in 11 events. He has two top-5’s in his last three events, and while he’s still searching for his first victory of the year, it would be no surprise if it came this week in London.
2. Tyler McCumber: McCumber has already secured Player of the Year honours, but don’t expect him to sit on his laurels this week. McCumber has some unfinished business in London after withdrawing in 2017. Three wins and six top-10’s and it was all McCumber, all the time in 2018.
3. George Cunningham: A constant in The Five since winning the GolfBC Championship, the third event of the year. Cunningham has been knocking on the door constantly throughout the summer. He finished tied for third last week in Laval, and is third on the Order of Merit.
4. Jordan Niebrugge: Niebrugge will play only five events on the Mackenzie Tour this season after spending most of the summer on the Web.com Tour, but, he’s made them count when he has teed it up. He won the first event of the year, was tied for eighth last week, and he finished second in London in 2017. Would be appropriate to bookend the season with W’s.
5. Corey Pereira: After losing in a playoff last week in Laval (he bogeyed the first playoff hole, just missing out on his second win of the year) Pereira has nearly secured himself a spot in The Five. He’s been a model of consistency this year – in the nine tournaments he’s found the weekend, he’s finished in the top-25 in seven of them.
6. Blake Olson: Last week’s winner at the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguarl Laval, Olson moved into the top-10 on the money list for the first time all season. No time like now to be playing the best golf of the year. He moved up 34 spots on the money list with his win, and looks for another solid result to stay firmly inside the top-10.
7. Cody Blick: Blick and Rico Hoey are close friends, and it would certainly make Blick quite happy if he followed in his friends’ footsteps this week to win the final event of the year. Blick is at the 10th spot on the Order of Merit, just $1,500 ahead of No.11. He was tied for 10th here a year ago, and he shot a 9-under-par 61 in the second round. Good vibes and good golf for Blick this week.
8. Greyson Sigg: One of the most prolific birdie-makers on Tour, Sigg was sniffing the leaderboard Sunday in Laval before stalling out with an even-par 72 in the final round. However, his T15 was his sixth top-15 finish of the year. He finished tied for sixth in London a year ago.
9. Ian Holt: Holt has quietly been having a steady season, and at 14th on the money list, he’s just one more solid week away from breaking through to the top 10, or even The Five. Holt finished tied for eighth last week, a month removed from his season-high finish: a runner-up at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON.
10. Michael Gligic: Gligic comes into the week as the top Canadian on the Order of Merit. He’s 15th, and almost $8,000 ahead of his next-closest countryman, Riley Wheeldon. At the end of the week, the top Canuck earns a $25,000 bonus, and Gligic, who told PGATOUR.com two weeks ago he felt he was playing some of the best golf of his life, is eager to put his name on the Dan Halldorson Trophy. He finished tied for 23rd here a year ago.