The Adam Svensson legend grows.
The Surrey, British Columbia golfer made his presence known at a whole new level this past week at the the final qualifying for the Web.com Tour.
Having earned his way to the finals via a 9th place finish on the 2015 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit, one secured by a four top 4 finishes in just six events, the 21 year-old made the best of it at PGA National Golf Club. He turned pro earlier this year after an outstanding run of play for Barry University.
The Golf Canada Young Pro squad member torched the Champion and Fazio courses in Palm Beach Gardens to a tune of 20 under par to earn Q-School medalist honours by a margin of seven strokes. The victory brought with it a cheque for (USD) $25,000 and fully exempt status on the 2016 Web.com Tour.
This is the second year in a row that a Canadian has won Web.com Tour Qualifying. In 2014 Brad Fritsch accomplished the feat with a score of -27 when the event was still played over six rounds.
The all-exempt status will now allow Svensson to map out his season, a security he did not have this past year when he started his pro career with no status on any tour.
“It’s huge,” said Svensson on being exempt from the re-ranking that occurs with Web.com Tour players where poor play can limit their tournament access later in the year.”I’m able to pick my schedule and where I want to travel to. This year I was booking my flights the night before or on the Monday, so I’m pretty happy to have full status now.”
Svensson only sign of trouble through the week, after starting with three consecutive rounds of 7 under par, came on Sunday when gusty winds whipped the golf courses.
He felt he handled it well, even though he was one over par on the final day and there was just one all-exempt spot up for grabs.
“Obviously you’re going to feel pressure,” he said of the final round. “I was just trying to flight the ball down all day and stay out of trouble and hit it in the middle of the green like yesterday, and most of all enjoy it, because it’s tough to win out here or at any level. I had a lot of fun.”
In typical Svenson fashion his goals of winning now simply go to another level. He says his target now is to win on the Web.com Tour and earn his way to the PGA TOUR card.
Based on his career trajectory so far, that does not seem far-fetched at all.
Besides the play of Svensson it was a very strong week for Canadians at the Web.com Tour Qualifying. Fifteen players from Canada started the final stage and in addition to the medalist, five other Canadians will be exempt through the second re-order of the money list for finishing in the top 45 and ties.
Toronto’s Albin Choi and Ben Silverman shared 15th place alongside Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill.
Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario tied for 21st while Ryan Yip of Calgary earned a share of 34th place.
All players in the Final Qualifying earn conditional status and will be ranked for priority access to events.
The other Canadians and their finishing position:
Kevin Spooner (t-67)
Eugene Wong (t-67) *Earned Web.com Tour status through top 5 finish on PGA TOUR China Money List
Will Bateman (t-93)
Cam Burke (t-93)
Justin Shin (t-114)
Matt McQuillan (t-123)
Devin Carry (t-137)
Lucas Kim (145th)
Christopher Ross (152nd)