For the fourth time this year a Canadian has won on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada.
Scoring has been extremely low in the last three Mackenzie Tour events as the circuit has worked its way through Eastern and Central Ontario and Christopher Ross of Dundas, Ontario was up to the task, going the lowest this week near Peterborough.
The Eastern Michigan grad and son of Stephen Ross, the former Executive Director of Golf Canada, finished play with an 8-under par 64 on Sunday to win The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial.
It was the first victory on the Mackenzie Tour for the 28 year-old, a win that saw him go 25 under par for the event, including back to back 64’s on the weekend.
“It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve been waiting a long time to win on a big tour like the Mackenzie Tour, and to be a winner on it right now is surreal,” said Ross, who moves to 8th place on the TOUR’s order of merit.
With two events left on the schedule he now has a legitimate shot at earning Web.com Tour status via a top 5 position on the money list.
“I have two more big weeks to go, and to be inside the top five is obviously your big goal. To go from 61st just to get into the season-ending event, honestly, I really think I set a mark, and maybe I can carry it over,” said Ross.
As the top Canadian he also earned the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of The Week and an extra $2,500. The leading Canadian on the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn $25,000 bonus. Albin Choi currently leads that race with a 3rd place position on the overall money list.
Spaun On Top
It’s going to be difficult for the rest of the TOUR members to knock Californian J.J. Spaun out of the top spot on the Order of Merit. Spaun increased the gap between himself and the player holding 2nd place on the money list, Sam Ryder, by tying for 3rd place at the Wildfire Invitational. Spaun has earned $88,534 on the TOUR this year, $31,996 more than Ryder.
The FIVE through the Wildfire Invitational
1. J.J. Spaun – $88,534
2. Sam Ryder – $56,538
3. Albin Choi – $49,806
4. C.T. Pan – $46,948
5. Drew Weaver – $46,182