CANADIAN - Canadian Tour Championship Preview
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|DATES: Thursday, August 25th through Sunday, August 28th|
|SITE: Ambassador Golf Club, Windsor, Ontario|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Stanley Thompson and Robert Trent Jones Sr (1949)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 4 363 Yds||10 - Par 4 452 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 380 Yds||11 - Par 4 442 Yds|
|3 - Par 5 507 Yds||12 - Par 4 467 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 387 Yds||13 - Par 5 551 Yds|
|5 - Par 3 188 Yds||14 - Par 3 237 Yds|
|6 - Par 4 489 Yds||15 - Par 4 321 Yds|
|7 - Par 5 513 Yds||16 - Par 3 242 Yds|
|8 - Par 3 189 Yds||17 - Par 4 431 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 463 Yds||18 - Par 4 411 Yds|
|36 3,479 Yds||35 3,554 Yds|
|Annual: || 10th|
|Television: || None|
|Defending Champion: || Aaron Goldberg (Not defending)|
|Runner-Up: || Brian Unk, Josh Habig, Kane Hanson, Mitch Gillis, Clayton Rask|
|Tournament Record: || 265 (Aaron Goldberg, 2010)|
|54-Hole Record: || 199 (Lucas Lee, Andrew Parr, 2009)|
|36-Hole Record: || 131 (Lucas Lee, Scott Gibson, Graham DeLaet,|
| || Andy Matthews, 2009)|
|18-Hole Record: || 62 (Byron Smith, 2007 - National Pines Golf Club)|
|Total Purse: || $200,000 (Canadian dollars)|
|Payouts: || 1st Place - $32,000; 2nd Place - $19,200; 3rd Place - $12,000|
|Aaron Goldberg||265||Clayton Rask||271|
|Brian Unk||271||John Ellis||272|
|Josh Habig||271||Andres Gonzales||272|
|Kane Hanson||271||Devin Carrey||272|
|Mitch Gillis||271||Four players at||273|
|Past Canadian Tour Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2010||Aaron Goldberg (265) -- Brin Unk, Josh Habig, Kane Hanson, Mitch Gillis,|
|2009||*James Love (269) -- Lucas Lee|
|2008||Tom Stankowski (272) -- Wes Heffernan, Graham DeLaet|
|2007||Bret Guetz (274) -- Byron Smith|
|2006||Stuart Anderson (273) -- Matt McQuillan|
|2005||*Michael Harris (275) -- Anders Hultman|
|2004||Chris Wisler (276) -- Dirk Ayers, Brad Fritsch, Scott Hawley,|
|2003||Rodney Butcher (278) -- Jon Mills|
|2002||Jeff Quinney (282) -- Dave Christensen, Mario Tiziani|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Hugo Leon|
|Darkhorse - Darren Griff|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Brian Unk) - Won|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Kent Fukushima) - Missed the cut|
The Canadian Tour remains in Ontario for the second straight week for the 10th
edition of the Canadian Tour Championship. The event is being played at
Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor for the first time.
Fourteen of the top-15 players on the money list are playing this week. Jose
de Jesus Rodriguez sits atop the standings with $80,641 in earnings. He leads
Hugo Leon by $15,780. Rodriguez is the only two-time winner in 2011. Canadian
Adam Hadwin is also in the field. Hadwin won the Pacific Colombia Tour
Championship earlier this season and finished tied for fourth at the RBC
Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.
Last year, Aaron Goldberg closed with a five-under 65 in the final round --
his best round of the week -- to win by six shots over five players. It was
the American's third win of the season, netting him $52,000 and the all-time
Canadian Tour record for most money earned in a season with $151,912. That
broke the previous single-season mark of $129,158 set by Trevor Dodds in 1996.
Dodds also holds the season wins record, capturing four during that season.
Goldberg carded four consecutive rounds of 67 or better to finish with a
15-under 265 on the St. Catharines course.
In 2009, James Love parred the first playoff hole to beat Lucas Lee, salvaging
a season that featured little success. Love, who closed with a three-under 67
in the final round, had missed the cut in six of his previous nine starts.
But all that disappointment faded away on the St. Catharines course after Love
chipped within tap-in range for his winning par in the playoff. It was his
first career win.
In 2008, Tom Stankowski birdied his final two holes to earn his first victory
on the Canadian Tour. He shot a final-round, three-under 69 and won the
title by two strokes over Wes Heffernan and Graham DeLaet at 16-under 272.
In 2007, Bret Guetz held off a hard-charging Byron Smith in the final round to
earn his first victory on the Canadian Tour. Guetz carded rounds of
67-70-65-72 to finish at 14-under-par 274. That was only good for a one-shot
victory over Smith, whose 10-under 62 in the final round established a new
course record at National Pines Golf Club.
The top two players on the Order of Merit at the conclusion of play are
exempted into the second stage of the PGA Tour National Qualifying School.
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As of August 24, 2011, at 06:56 PM ET