Storylines: Osprey Valley Open
July 09, 2019
By Mackenzie Tour Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- July 09, 2019
- The Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada is heading to TPC Toronto for the Osprey Valley Open. (Claus Andersen/Mackenzie Tour)
We’ve reached the sixth event of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada season, which means we’re at the halfway point for 2019 – and the drama continues to unfold. This week the Tour heads to Toronto for the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates.
In 2019 TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley became the first golf course in Canada under the TPC umbrella. The 54-hole facility’s North Course, designed by Doug Carrick, will once again play host to this year’s event.
The race for a spot in The Five remains as active as ever, as last week in Windsor Dawson Armstrong shot a Sunday 66 to win by one shot over six golfers. His victory moved him from 13th on the order of merit to third.
Here’s everything you need to know from TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley.
Dates: July 11-14
Course: TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley (North)
2018 champion: Tyler McCumber
Purse: $200,000/$36,000 winner’s prize
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Twitter: @OspreyOpen | Instagram: @ospreyvalleyopen
Last year at the inaugural Osprey Valley Open it was Tyler McCumber who kick-started his fabulous 2018 with a win.
McCumber managed to battle the elements on a wild weather day Sunday to win by one shot over Michael Gellerman, who would go on to join McCumber in The Five.
McCumber shot rounds of 65-61-65-72, and then would go on to win the following week, at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON, finish third the next week at the ATB Financial Classic, and win the next week as well, at the Players Cup, to all but seal Player of the Year honours.
The first step on the path to the PGA TOUR
The Mackenzie Tour represents the first step on the path to the PGA TOUR, with players competing to earn a promotion to the Web.com Tour and then on to the game’s biggest stage. Heading into its seventh season, seven Mackenzie Tour alumni have won on the PGA TOUR, including Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Tony Finau, Aaron Wise, Adam Long, Corey Conners and most recently, C.T. Pan.
Below is a breakdown of the performance benefits players will compete for this season:
Order of Merit Position
Exempt for 2019 Web.com Tour
2nd through 5th
Conditional status on 2019 Web.com Tour, exempt to Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
6th through 10th
Exempt to Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
11th through 25th
Exempt to Second Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School
Order of Merit update
As we arrive to tournament No. 6 of 12 on the season, the top five is starting to take shape. But, as proven by both last week’s winner (Dawson Armstrong) and the winner in Lethbridge (Alex Chiarella) proved, one big week can do wonders for a golfer’s standing on the Mackenzie Tour’s order of merit.
Here’s how things stand so far, and how they got there:
1. Jake Knapp (Winner: Canada Life Open, GolfBC Championship)
2. Paul Barjon (Winner: Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist, T-2 Windsor Championship)
3. Dawson Armstrong (Winner: Windsor Championship)
4. Alex Chiarella (Winner: Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open)
5. Jonathan Garrick (Runner-up: GolfBC Championship, Windsor Championship)
Barjon his way to the top
Just how good has Paul Barjon been this season on the Mackenzie Tour? Well, for starters, he hasn’t played a single round over par. In 20 rounds this season, the Dumbea, New Caledonia native is a combined 79-under, six better than closest-competitor Lorens Chan. He also leads the Mackenzie Tour with 100 birdies.
In five starts, his worst finish thus far was a T22 at the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open, finishing within the top 10 in each other start, including a runner-up finish last week at the Windsor Championship.
Proving that his game translates to the PGA TOUR level, Barjon also played all four rounds of the RBC Canadian Open under par, finishing T19 last month in Hamilton, Ontario.
1. Gerry Dee (Toronto, ON)
2. James Allenby (Calgary, AB)
3. Sebastian Szirmak (Toronto, ON)
4. Daniel Kiem (Toronto, ON)
5. Austin James (Bath, ON)
6. Christopher Petefish (Danville, CA)
7. Joey Savoie (La Prairie, QC)
8. Josh Whalen (Napanee, ON)
Open Qualifying took place at The Club at North Halton in Georgetown, Ont.
1. Maxwell Sear (Unionville, ON)
2. Joshua Goldstein (Las Vegas, NV)
3. Ashton Van Horne (Georgetown, KY)
4. Patrick Luth (Medina, OH)
5. Wyatt Worthington (Reynoldsburg, OH)
6. Russell Budd (Toronto, ON)
7. Carter Page (Waynesville, NC)
8. Mikel Martinson (Arlington, TX)
· Announced earlier this year, TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley became the first golf course facility in Canada to be added to the TPC network of clubs
· All three of the courses at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley were, in 2018, added to the list of Canada’s top-100 courses
· Adam Hadwin, who participated in a charity skins game with fellow Mackenzie Tour alum Corey Conners as part of the Windsor Championship on Monday went on to finish 4th at the PGA TOUR’s 3M Open the same week
· Graham DeLaet, a former winner on the Mackenzie Tour, will make his PGA TOUR-sanctioned return this week on the Korn Ferry Tour in Colorado after recovering from back surgery.
· James Allenby is currently the top Canadian on the Order of Merit, in 12th spot.