Highlights Of The 2016 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Season

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Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR CanadaThe Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada’s fourth season in 2016 was highlighted by record-breaking performances on the course, a milestone in charitable giving by tournaments, a continuation of alumni proving themselves on both the Web.com Tour and the PGA TOUR.

Competitive highlights included Dan McCarthy’s record-breaking season, marked by four victories, two of which were seven-stroke wins, and the new all-time record for single-season earnings. Past members of the Mackenzie Tour proved successful as well, with Tony Finau earning his first career PGA TOUR win and 14 players earning a spot in the Web.com Tour Finals, including six who went on to earn PGA TOUR cards. Among the six were three former Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit winners – Mackenzie Hughes (2013), Joel Dahman (2014) and J.J. Spaun (2015) – who earned their maiden PGA TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season.

Highlights from off the course included an 86 per cent increase in charitable donations by Mackenzie Tour events to more than $1 million in 2016, pushing the total to more than $2 million donated by the Tour and its tournaments since the start of PGA TOUR Canada in 2013.

“From some tremendous play on the course by our players and alumni to a milestone achievement by our tournaments in making a positive impact in the communities where we play, 2016 has been an incredible season,” said Mackenzie Tour President Jeff Monday. “Dan McCarthy’s season has set a new standard for excellence, and seeing so many talented players succeed here and beyond has continued to establish the Mackenzie Tour as a part of the path to the PGA TOUR. Along with our host organizations, who have done tremendous work in establishing world-class events from coast-to-coast, we are thrilled with the Tour’s progress this year.”

“We are so pleased with the success of the 2016 Mackenzie Tour and would like to thank everyone who played, volunteered and worked so hard to make this our best season yet,” said Barry McInerney, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mackenzie Investments. “The team at Mackenzie is especially proud of the increased focus on community, with this year’s charitable donations reaching more than a million dollars. This is an incredible milestone for the TOUR and we thank everyone involved.”

Some of the key highlights from the past season are listed below.

The following five players earned status on the Web.com Tour: 

Player

Total Earnings

Notes


Dan McCarthy

(Syracuse, New York)


$157,843

Began his season on the Mackenzie Tour with a one-stroke win at the Freedom 55 Financial Open, then won his third and fifth starts of the season by seven strokes each at the GolfBC Championship and Players Cup, breaking and then tying the 72-hole scoring record with a total of 259 at both. Surged to a three-stroke win at the Cape Breton Open for an unprecedented fourth win of the year and added a runner-up finish at the Niagara Championship to set the new single-season earnings record at $157,843 and earn exempt status on the Web.com Tour for 2017.


Brock Mackenzie

(Yakima, Wash.)


$84,075

Recorded six top-10s on the Mackenzie Tour, including a win in a marathon seven-hole playoff over Adam Cornelson and Samuel Del Val at the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops, his third career win. Added two other top-three finishes to finish second on the Order of Merit.


Taylor Moore

(Edmond, Okla.)


$78,736

Made pro debut at the Bayview Place DC Payments Open, where he finished solo second. Converted 54-hole lead into victory at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, one of five top-five finishes on the year. Concluded standout amateur career at the University of Arkansas by being named an Honorable Mention All-American in his senior season.


Aaron Wise

(Lake Elsinore, Calif.)


$65,313

In first season as a pro, won the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON and never finished outside the top-15 in all seven starts. Turned professional after marvelous spring amateur season, which included the NCAA Individual and Team Championships and a 1st Team All-American nod at the University of Oregon.


Adam Cornelson

(Langley, B.C.)


$56,020

Rebounded from losing his card in 2015 by earning status at Q-School, then capturing victory by five strokes at the Bayview Place DC Payments Open. Added a playoff runner-up finish in Ottawa to finish as the top Canadian on the Order of Merit, earning the Dan Halldorson Trophy as Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year.

In addition to The Five, players 6-10 on the Order of Merit earned exemptions into the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School: No. 6 Paul Barjon (Noumeau Cedex, New Caledonia), No. 7 Austin Connelly (Church Point, N.S.), No. 8 Max Rottluff (Dusselldorf, Germany) No. 9 Michael Schoolcraft (Denver, Colo.) and No. 10 Michael Gligic (Burlington, Ont.).

Players 11-20 earned exemptions into the second stage of Q-School: No. 11 Tyler McCumber (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), No. 12 Charlie Bull (London, England) No. 13 Ryan Williams (Vancouver, B.C.) No. 14 Vaita Guillaume (Tahiti, French Polynesia) No. 15 Talor Gooch (Choctaw, Okla.) No. 16 David Pastore (Greenwich, Conn.) No. 17 Dillon Rust (Edmond, Okla.), No. 18 Carter Jenkins (Raleigh, N.C.), No. 19 Caleb Sturgeon (Laurens, S.C.) and No. 20 Scott Vincent (Harare, Zimbabwe).

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS INCREASE BY 86 PERCENT
Charitable donations by Mackenzie Tour events rose again in 2016, reaching a total of $1,054,181 in 2016, an increase of 86 percent from the just over $567,424 donated in 2015. As with every event on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour, raising money for local charities is one of the cornerstones of the Mackenzie Tour.

SIX MACKENZIE TOUR ALUMNI EARN PGA TOUR CARDS
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada celebrated a milestone in alumni achievement in September as all three former Order of Merit winners since the Tour came under the PGA TOUR umbrella (2013-present) earned PGA TOUR cards for 2016-17, joining three other alumni who finished in The 25 on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List.

A total of six former Mackenzie Tour members – Order of Merit winners Spaun, Dahmen and Hughes along with Ryan Brehm, C.T. Pan and Julian Etulain – punched their tickets to the PGA TOUR by finishing in the top 25 on the Money List, increasing the total to 12 alumni from the PGA TOUR era who have gone on to earn PGA TOUR cards.

2016 SEASON BY THE NUMBERS:

General Statistics:     

1 – Order of Merit leader all year, with Dan McCarthy joining Joel Dahmen as the only players to go wire-to-wire and lead the season-long money list through the entire season.

1 – Events that went into a playoff: Brock Mackenzie def. Adam Cornelson and Samuel Del Val, National Capital Open to Support Our Troops.

11 – 54-hole leaders out of 12 tournaments or co-leaders who went on to win.

0 – Winners who shot an over par round during the course of their victories.

6 – Winners who shot four rounds in the 60s on the way to victory.

7 – Winners 28 or younger

68.08 – McCarthy’s Tour-leading scoring average.

31 – Brock Mackenzie’s Tour-leading number of rounds in the 60s.

201 – Brock Mackenzie’s Tour-leading number of birdies.

4.70 – Aaron Wise’s Tour-leading number of birdies per round.

6 – Holes-in-one on Tour during the 2015 season.

3 – Albatrosses on Tour during the 2016 season.

25 – Average age of top 10 on the Order of Merit

6 – Players under 25 in the top 10 on the Order of Merit

14 – Players under 25 in the top 20 on the Order of Merit

MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM THE 2016 SEASON:

McCarthy holes out twice on the weekend in runaway win – Dan McCarthy’s final shot of the third round of the GolfBC Championship was a 103-yard hole out for eagle, giving him a two-stroke lead heading into Sunday. For an encore, he pulled the trick again from nearly the same yardage, finding the jar from 102 yards on the par-5 12th on the way to a seven shot win.

Cornelson caps off win with emphatic chip-in – Adam Cornelson completed a stunning turnaround from losing his card in 2015 to entering the winner’s circle in style when he chipped in for birdie on the 72nd hole of the Bayview Place DC Payments Open for a five-stroke win. The birdie gave him a 72-hole total of 260, which at the time represented the lowest 72-hole total in Tour history.

Barjon outduels fellow Frenchman for record-setting win
At the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship, Frenchmen Paul Barjon and Vaita Guillaume traded blows with eye-popping rounds in a race for the title. First, Barjon recorded a 9-under 61 in pouring rain and wind to take the 54-hole lead in London. The following day, Guillaume did him one better, shooting a 10-under 60 to put the heat on Barjon, who closed with a 68 for a one shot win.

Pastore outduels McCarthy in triumphant return – After missing most of the season with a hand injury, second-year Mackenzie Tour member David Pastore turned his whole year around with a win at the Niagara Championship. The 24-year old did what few could do in 2016 by outdueling Dan McCarthy, securing the win with a birdie on the 72nd hole for a one stroke win over the four-time winner.

Mackenzie prevails in marathon extra session – 72 holes weren’t enough to determine a champion at the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops – not even close. After a birdie at the last, Brock Mackenzie had to wait to see if it was enough for a playoff, eventually going to extra holes with Adam Cornelson and Samuel Del Val. After trading blows for six extra holes, the 35-year old finally secured his third Mackenzie Tour title by draining a 20-foot birdie putt.

Age Statistics:
The profile of the Mackenzie Tour’s membership continues to evolve, trending towards younger players succeeding on the course. Thirty-seven percent of players who made the cut in 2016 were 24 or younger, a number that has grown each season on the Mackenzie Tour. Below is the breakdown of four age groups (18-24, 25-30, 31-36 and 37+) and their respective share of cuts made this season compared to 2013-15.

 Player Age Group

2013

2014

2015

2016

% of cuts made by Players 18-24

26%

27%

30%

37%

% of cuts made by Players 25-30

48%

61%

59%

52%

% of cuts made by Players 31-36

18%

10%

11%

10%

% of cuts made by Players 37+

9%

3%

1%

1%

Course Statistics:                                                

  • Toughest Courses:      

1 – Cherry Hill Club (+0.672 average over par)

2 – Point Grey G&CC (+0.498)

3 – Whitewater GC (+0.225)

  • Toughest Holes:           

1 – Gallagher’s Canyon GC / Par-4 10th (4.470 stroke average)

2 – Country Hills GC / Par-3 14th (3.460)

3 – Niakwa Country Club / Par-4 16th (4.452)

ALUMNI SHOWING STRONG
Tony Finau
followed in the footsteps of his fellow 2013 Mackenzie Tour graduate Nick Taylor by winning on the PGA TOUR, capturing the Puerto Rico Open in April. Finau went on to make a deep run in the FedExCup Playoffs, making it to the BMW Championship and finishing 45th in season-long points.

In total, 10 Mackenzie Tour alumni secured PGA TOUR status for the 2016-17 season, with Taylor and Finau joining fellow alums Mark Hubbard and Tyler Aldridge in retaining playing status. Six players – J.J. Spaun, Ryan Brehm, C.T. Pan, Mackenzie Hughes, Julian Etulain and Joel Dahmen – earned PGA TOUR cards through the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List.

On the PGA TOUR, victories by Finau, James Hahn (Wells Fargo Championship) and Jimmy Walker (PGA Championship) bumped the all-time win total by Mackenzie Tour alumni on the PGA TOUR to 126.

TOP 60 RETAIN EXEMPT STATUS

The top 60 on the 2016 Order of Merit retain exempt status for the 2017 season. Below is a breakdown of the top 60 by country and age.

25 were first-time members of the Mackenzie Tour in 2016.

By country:

United States – 39
Canada – 13
England – 2
France – 1
Germany – 1
Spain – 1
French Polynesia – 1
Argentina – 1
Zimbabwe – 1

By age:

18-24 – 29
25-29 – 24
30-34 – 5
35+ – 2

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