Mike Weir Qualifies for the US Open

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Mike Weir’s year of resurgence continues. After putting numerous good weeks together on the Web.com tour, Weir has now qualified for this years US Open at Pebble Beach in June.

Weir shot a 69 followed by a 67 in the one day 36 hole qualifier.  This will be the 49-year-olds first US Open since 2013, in which he finished tied for 28th at Merion.

Canadian Nick Taylor also qualified through this sectional in Dallas finishing tied for 1st at -10.  Narrowly missing the group of 10 players advancing to Pebble Beach was Jared Du Toit who was a shot out of the top 10.

Weir has made the cut the last two times the US Open has been hosted at Pebble Beach. In 2000 he finished tied for 16th and in 2010 he finished tied for 80th.  As well, Weir boasts six top tens at the annual Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

After qualifying Weir tweeted his excitement about getting back to Pebble Beach.

The US Open begins on June 13th.

ANA Inspiration Canadian Preview

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You don’t have to wait until The Masters next weekend to watch major championship caliber golf. The first major of the professional golf season starts this week on the LPGA  Tour with the ANA Inspiration.

Canadians competing this week are Alena Sharp and Broke Henderson.  A Canadian has never won this event when it has been recognized as a major, though Sandra Post won this event in 1978 and 1979 before it was recognized as a major.

Last season Sharp and Henderson were also the only Canadians to compete in the event, Henderson finished T14, while Sharp failed to make the cut.

Henderson comes into this week with three top 10’s on the year, and a T22 last week.  Comparatively, Sharp’s best finish this year is a T18 in the first event of the season, since then she has only made two cuts in five starts.

This event is most well known for Poppies Pond, a pond in front of the 18th green which has become famous for the champion diving into it upon winning the event.

The ANA Inspiration takes place in Rancho Mirage California at Mission Hills Country Club. Henderson starts today at 8:06 pacific time. Sharp starts at 12:10 pacific time.

Canadian Web.Com Tour player Stuart MacDonald previews Deer Creek

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The Web.Com Tour comes to Savannah Georgia this week, for the inaugural Savanah Championship.

This event will be held at the Deer Creek course apart of The Landings Club.

Originally designed in 1991 by Tom Fazio, the course since been modernized by Fazio in 2009.  It will play at 7094 yards this week and has a slope of 143.

Vancouver native Stuart MacDonald is a rookie on the Web.com Tour, who has competed in every event on the Tour this year.

“The course this is week is probably the best we have played this year. It’s in great shape and it has some distinct features to it that make it really cool” he said.

MacDonald also talked about the large swales around the greens at Deer Creek, which will cause players to have to be accurate with approaches this week, or they will be putting or chipping up to the green.

He then spoke about the runoffs around the greens this week, which has been one of the most talked about aspects about Deer Creek. “The runoffs around the greens are cut down so tight that they roll at about an 8 so you can putt everything,” MacDonald said.

This was highlighted on Twitter by American Kyle Thompson, as he showed how fast they were rolling.

Going into this week MacDonald has made one cut at the El Bosque Mexico Championship where he finished T34.

When asked what he can carryover from last week in Louisiana MacDonald looked at his putting.  “Last week I saw a few putts go in and the stroke felt quite nice so I’ve definitely gained some confidence on the greens going into this week” he said.

MacDonald tees off Thursday at 1:15, he is paired with Daniel Mazziotta and David Berganio, Jr.

Four Canadians in stacked Shell Houston Open Field

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In a field that boasts the likes of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, four Canadians are set to compete in the Shell  Houston Open.

Competing this week are Canadians Ben Silverman, Corey Conners, Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes.

This event is known for being a good test as it is the last event before The Masters. Also, this event this year will be the last year of Shell being the presenting sponsor of the Tournament as it has decided to move on.

Conners was the only one of the four to compete last week finishing T13 in the opposite field event in the Dominican Republic.

In last seasons event Hughes finished T23, shooting a 68 in the final round.

This will be the last opportunity for any these four Canadians to punch their ticket to compete at Augusta as none have qualified thus far.

 

Hearn looking for a Zurich Classic partner

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David Hearn has turned to Twitter to look for a partner for the upcoming Zurich Classic.  Hearn played in last years team event with fellow Canadian Graham Delaet, but Delaet is currently sidelined with an injury and Hearn does not have full status this year.

Interestingly it is not just Hearns finishes in New Orleans that has been impressive.  A tweet by Twitter user tracking stats proved Hearn’s successes through stats as well.

It will be interesting to see the result of Hearn’s plea for a partner. In an event that doesn’t boast a top-tier field, it would not be surprising to see somebody give him a chance in New Orleans.

Canadian Weekly Recap

Web.com Tour: 

Tournament: Chitimacha Louisana Open

T6: Adam Svensson (63,77,66,66)

64: Albin Choi (69,70,72,73)

T65: Ryan Yip (69,71, 79, 66)

69: Roger Sloan (68, 73, 76, 71)

Cut: Stuart MacDonald  (68,75)

Cut: Seann Harlingten (72,75)

PGA Tour: 

Tournament: Dell Matchplay

Adam Hadwin failed to advance outside of the opening group stage of the event.

Tournament: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

T13: Corey Conners (64,71,67,76)

T50: David Hearn (69,73, 74, 69)

T73: Mike Weir (72,71,73, 76)

PGA Latinoamerica Tour:

Tournament: 59 Abierto Mexicano de Golf

T46: Derek Gillespie (69, 67, 74, 68)

Cut: Ally Tidcombe (70,70)

Cut: Jared Du Toit (69,72)

Cut: Russell Budd (71,70)

Cut: Blair Hamilton (69,74)

LPGA: 

Tournament: Kia Classic

T22: Brooke Henderson (69,70,73,68)

T39: Maude- Aimee Leblanc (70,70, 74, 69)

Cut: Anne- Catherine Tanguay (77,70)

Cut: Alena Sharp (71,76)

Champions Tour: 

Tournament: Rapiscan Systems Classic

T17: Stephen Ames (71,68, 74)

T23: Rod Spittle (71, 73, 70)

Sunshine Tour: 

Tournament: Qualifying School

T19: Steven Lecuyer (71,72,72,71, 73)

* Lecuyer gaines a category 9 Sunshine Tour Card

Spittle fires a 71 in the opening round of the Rapiscan Systems Classic

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Rod Spittle shot a -1 (71) in the first round of the Champions Tour Event in Biloxi Mississipi this afternoon.

Spittle’s round included four birdies and three bogeys and puts him tied for 12th in this weeks tournament.

In the three events, Spittle has played this season his best finish has been T50 at the Colorguard Classic.

Spittle’s best finish in this tournament came last year when he finished tied for sixth, shooting 68,68, 71.

Canadian Stephan Ames also in the event, shot a 71 as well.

This week Spittle also took the time to go to a local school and read to students.

 

Corey Conners fires a 64 in the first round of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

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Corey Conners fired a 64 that included nine birdies in Punta Cana this morning. Conners is competing this week in the PGA Tour’s alternate field event.

Conners round this morning included nine birdies and one bogey.  Conners is apart of a group of players who played the course last year on the Web.com Tour, he finished T53 shooting 70,69,68,73.

Conners comes into this week after his best finish on the PGA Tour finishing T16 at the Valspar Championship, after holding the lead in the event through three rounds.

Canadians David Hearn and Mike Weir are also competing in the event in the Dominican Republic this week.

Chitimacha Louisiana Open Canadian Preview

Course: Le Triomphe G&CC, Broussard, Louisana

Albin Choi: Choi has struggled since posting a T13 in the first event of the season. Since then he has made only one cut finishing 67th at the Club Colombia Championship.  Last year Choi missed the cut in this event.

Seann Harlingten: Looks to build off his first made cut of the Web.com Tour season, as he finished T56 in the last tournament in Mexico. Harlingten looks to take advantage of the Par 71 course this week, due to the fact that he is 24th on the tour in par 3 scoring average.

Stuart MacDonald: Finished T39 at the last Web.Com tour event, which was his first made cut of the season. MacDonald looks to build off the 68 he shot in the third round of the last tournament.

Roger Sloan: Placed tied for fifth in the Chitimacha Louisana Open last season, with a pair of 66’s. This season Sloan sits in 23rd on the money list, despite only making two cuts in five events, he has two top 25 finishes.

Adam Svensson: Has been tearing it up on the Web.com Tour this season.  Svensson has one win and another couple top 15 finishes as well.  Last season Svensson finished T20 at this event.

Ryan Yip: Ranked 21st on this seasons money list, with a pair of top 10 finishes. In last years event, he finished ninth with four rounds in the 60’s.  Yip is seventh this season in scoring average with an average score of 70.29.

Canadian Lecuyer looking to gain Sunshine Tour card

Bear Mountain British Columbia native Steven Lecuyer, is attempting to gain status on the Sunshine Tour, through competing in qualifying school this week in Johannesburg.

The Sunshine Tour is the national tour of South Africa where all successful South African professional golfers have gotten their start. Some notable players that have played on the tour include; Branden Grace, Trevor Immelman, and Charl Schwartzel.

Lecuyer currently sits tied for 23rd at -1, after three rounds of the five-round tournament, shooting 71,72,72.

Lecuyer has been a professional since graduating from Central Arkansas University in 2011. In 2012 Lecuyer made 7 out of 8 cups on the Canadian Tour with his best finish being 12th.

Recently, Lecuyer competed in two events on the Mackenzie Tour last season, one of which was the tours qualifying school. He lists on his website that his main focus is to gain status on the Sunshine Tour, with his ultimate goal being the Web.com tour.

The leading 30 players and ties will gain their cards on the Sunshine Tour after the culmination of the five-round qualifying tournament.  This tour card will get players into most Sunshine Tour events and one’s finishes in the events they get into, it will allow them to receive entrance into harder to get into events, such as ones run with the European Tour.

Interestingly, Graham DeLaet won his third professional event on the Sunshine Tour in 2009, before making the jump to the PGA Tour in 2010.