Power Rankings: HFX Pro-Am presented by Steele Jaguar
July 15, 2019
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Paul Barjon will be one to watch this week. (Chuck Russell/PGA Tour Canada)
We’ve gotten over the halfway point of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada season, as when the Tour heads to Halifax, it’ll mark the seventh of 12 events for 2019.
The Mackenzie Tour returns to Nova Scotia for the inaugural HFX Pro-Am presented by Steele Jaguar, a unique event on the schedule. The event will be played at Oakfield Golf & Country Club, which has hosted the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship in the past.
In Toronto last week, it was Paul Barjon who captured his second title of the season – to go along with a runner-up result the week before in Windsor – and move into first place on the Order of Merit. He won by three shots over Canadian Taylor Pendrith.
Given Barjon’s solid play the last few weeks, it’s clearly the No. 1 player to watch, but who will join him?
1. Paul Barjon: Barjon proved Sunday at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley why he has been so tough to beat this season. The most consistent player on Tour rarely makes mistakes, and after a runner-up and a victory his last two weeks, he’ll be the favourite again in Halifax.
2. Jake Knapp: The other two-time winner on the Mackenzie Tour this year, Knapp admitted last week in Toronto that he knows there will be some weeks where he might miss the cut because of how aggressive he plays. It worked last week (he finished third) and he’s hoping for more of the same this week.
3. Taylor Pendrith: So close for the Canadian. Pendrith had it rolling Sunday in Toronto, but in the end, just couldn’t quite top Barjon and how steady he was. Still, Pendrith says he’s playing really well and has more confidence than ever after a runner-up result.
4. Hayden Buckley: Three-straight top-10’s for Buckley, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Buckley’s last three tournaments have seen him shoot 18-under, 18-under, and 19-under. Another total like that and he might have his first win.
5. Bryson Nimmer: Nimmer was in the mix all week in Toronto, but just couldn’t quite go low enough on the weekend to notch his second top-10 of 2019. Still, Nimmer is moving in the right direction and hasn’t missed a cut all year.
6. David Pastore: Talk about trending. After missing the first two cuts of the year, Pastore has gone T42-T11-4 in his last three starts. The only place to go is into the winner’s circle if his upward trend is to continue.
7. Greyson Sigg: Sigg is quietly having one of his best ever seasons on the Mackenzie Tour. Of course, he shot 59 earlier this year, but he’s also fifth on Tour in Scoring Average. He’s missed just one cut this year, and when he does find the weekend he is very usually in the top-half of the leaderboard.
8. Lorens Chan: Just when you thought Chan was going to have an ‘off’ week – he started at just 1-under on Thursday in Toronto – he did his usual thing, and shot an 8-under-par 64 Friday to zip up the leaderboard. Chan is second on Tour in Total Birdies and Scoring Average (behind Paul Barjon in both categories) and he’s tracking towards a win.
9. Patrick Fishburn: Fishburn can make birdies in bunches. His first over-par score on the Mackenzie Tour since the first event of the year came this weekend in Toronto, but overall he’s been one of the steadiest guys on Tour – and hasn’t missed a cut yet in 2019.
10. Ian Holt: After two straight missed cuts, Holt got out of the gate quickly in Toronto and was primed for a weekend charge. He stalled slightly on Saturday and Sunday, but Holt’s game is so well rounded and he should make for a solid late-season run just like in 2018.