A trio of Canadians will be playing for status on the 2016 Champions Tour starting Tuesday (Dec. 1).
Stuart Hendley, Rick Gibson and Jim Rutledge are in Scottsdale, Arizona where they will play four rounds over the Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale in the finals of Champions Tour Qualifying.
The top five players from the field of 79 will earn full-time status on the Champions Tour for next season.
Hendley open qualified for his only Champions Tour start at the 2015 Nature Valley First Tee Open and finished T66. He was one of two players to advance from a three-man playoff at the Texas qualifier for a spot in the finals.
Gibson is a two-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour. He also won the 2014 PGA Seniors Open on the European Senior Tour. He shot four rounds of 70 to finish T20 at the 2015 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. He advanced to the finals via the California qualifier.
Rutledge is no stranger on the Champions Tour scene. He has earned exempt status on the Champions Tour by finishing in the top five at the finals in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He’s made 105 Champions Tour starts and posted six top-10s but his best finish on the money list in his five years was 49th in 2012. He shot a final-round 64 to finish T18 at the 2015 Encompass Championship. He advanced to the finals after winning the California qualifier by four strokes with 69-69-69-68—275.
-Scott MacLeod, with files from the PGA Tour/Champions Tour