The Canadian Tour Wrap – The Weekend In Golf

Brad Fritsch (Photo: PGA TOUR)
Brad Fritsch has likely secured his 2017 PGA TOUR card with a tie for 2nd at the Web.com Tour El Bosque Mexico Championship
Brad Fritsch has likely secured his 2017 PGA TOUR card with a tie for 2nd at the Web.com Tour El Bosque Mexico Championship

It was a strong weekend for Canadians on the professional golf tours.

Hearn Surges On The PGA TOUR

Charley Hoffman sank a huge birdie on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. In the meantime two Canadians leveraged their weekend to have respectable finishes.  David Hearn of Brantford, ON, posted 67-70 in the final 36 holes to jump all the way up into a tie for 13th place to pace the Canadians. British Columbia’s Nick Taylor settled for a share of 21st after boosting up the board with a 66 in Saturday but slipping to a 73 on Sunday.

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Henderson Ties For Sixth On LPGA Tour

The wind roared on the final day at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Tour Classic in San Francisco but it was not enough to keep Brooke Henderson from, you guessed it, another top ten finish.  Henderson fought off two double bogeys on the day and went -2 over the last five holes to tie for 6th place at -1 (71,71,69,76). It is her 8th consecutive top ten finish on the LPGA Tour.

Hamilton’s Alena Sharp used a final round 71, one of few under par on the day, to jump 34 spots in a share of 41st place.

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A Near Miss For Fritsch On Web.com Tour

He fell short of one goal, a second consecutive win, but a share for 2nd place at the El Bosque Mexico Championship has likely given Brad Fritsch the ultimate consolation prize – a spot on the PGA TOUR for 2017.

The Manotick, Ontario-raised pro racked up a total score of -15 (66-65-69-73) on his way to a share of second place.  Having sat at 108th on the money list just three weeks ago, the money he earned this week will boost him to 2nd on that list.  At more than $185,000 it should assure him of a spot in the Top 25 by season’s end, giving him back his privileges on the PGA TOUR where he was a member in 2013/2014.

For the rest of the season he can now target keeping as high of a position as possible on that list to ensure a higher priority ranking and more starts for the 2017 PGA TOUR season.

British Columbia’s Roger Sloan also fared well in Mexico. He tied for 5th place.

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Hot 36 Gives Conners Great Result On PGA Tour LatinoAmerica

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario posted back-to-back scores of 66 on the weekend in Guatemala to earn a tie for 2nd at the Guatemala Stella Artois Open.

Joining Conners in the top ten was Alberta’s Wil Bateman in a share of 9th.

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Quebec Golfer Leads Canadians On Symetra Tour

At the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay in Sarasota, Florida, played dealt with some breezy final round conditions, slightly softer than those faced in the west coast for the LPGA Tour.

Quebec’s Sara-Maude Juneau was the top Canadian in a share of 5th place.  Two other Canadians, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, and Anne-Catherine Tanguay were part of a group tied for 15th place.

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