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In the wake of the Humboldt Bronco’s bus crash that killed 15 people and injured 14 others on Friday April 6, people from all over the world have rallied together and donated money to help the healing process. Thus far over 8 million dollars has been raised to help the families impacted by this tragedy and Canadians have shown their support through placing hockey sticks outside their front doors!
Considering this, Canadian professional golfers are also doing their part to help out those affected in the aftermath of this tragedy.
PGA Tour pro and British Columbia native, Nick Taylor tweeted earlier in the week that he would be donating 500 dollars for every birdie and 1000 dollars for every eagle at this weeks RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina!
Also, Mackenzie Tour hopeful and Saskatoon native Liam Courtney will be donating 15 dollars for every birdie, when he tees it up at Mackenzie Tour Qualifying School in three weeks time at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Florida.
Courtney’s contribution will also be matched by his home course, Waskesiu Golf Course in Waskesiu, Saskatchewan. As they pledged to donate 20 dollars for every birdie that he makes.
Courtney graduated from Regis Universty in Denver, Colorado last spring and hopes to earn full status on the Mackenzie Tour for the 2018 season.
Both golfers are donating to the gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos
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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.
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Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes are both apart of the 120 man field in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week.
Hughes has qualified for the field for being apart of the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings, last season. Hughes was apart of the field in last seasons tournament but failed to make the cut
Taylor, on the other hand, gains his entry to the invitational by being just outside the top 70 on the current FedEx Cup standings, gaining his entrance as other players get in the top 70 got in through other exemptions.
Thornhill native Ben Silverman is currently listed as an alternate for the tournament.
Australian Marc Leishman won last years tournament, finishing at -11.