PGA Tour Canada
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2019 PGA Tour Canada
|Formerly||Peter Jackson Golf Tour |
Canadian Professional Golf Tour (1986–2012)
|TV partner(s)||Formerly broadcast on the Golf Channel and can now be seen in the form of a 30 minute highlight show that airs on both Global TV (Canada) and TSN2 during the season. A total of 11 shows aired in 2013.|
PGA Tour Canada, commonly referred to as the Canadian Tour, and currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada, is a men's professional golf tour headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. It was formally started in 1970 and was initially known as the Peter Jackson Tour, and became the Canadian Professional Golf Tour in 1986. The U.S. PGA Tour took over operation of the tour on November 1, 2012, at which time it was renamed PGA Tour Canada. In 2015, Mackenzie Investments became the umbrella sponsor of the Tour.
PGA Tour Canada is one of three international PGA Tour-sanctioned tours, along with PGA Tour China and PGA Tour Latinoamérica. These provide access to the Korn Ferry Tour and are part of the path to the PGA Tour.
In 1970, Imperial Tobacco Canada, under the Peter Jackson brand, signed on as title sponsor and brought scattered Canadian professional events under one umbrella. The Peter Jackson Tour hosted a series of seven or eight tournaments each season with each purse eventually averaging $25,000. The Tour developed predominantly Canadian touring pros but also welcomed players from around the world. Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members Dave Barr and Dan Halldorson – both two-time PGA Tour winners – competed on the circuit in the 1970s and made several appearances once they were established on the big tour. Fellow Canadians and PGA Tour winners Al Balding and George Knudson also returned home several times in their career to play the circuit.
As the 1970s continued, government legislation began restricting the amount of advertising and sponsorship that tobacco companies were allowed to participate in. In 1978, anticipating future legislation that would ban tobacco advertising and sponsorship in Canada, Imperial Tobacco withdrew its title sponsorship of the circuit. Several tournaments disappeared and although a few carried on, there was no longer any cohesion to the circuit. However, in 1982, Canadian touring pros formed the Tournament Players Division (TPD) within the Canadian Professional Golfers Association (CPGA) and proposed a reorganized circuit under the guidance of Ken Tarling.
In 1985, TPD members selected touring pro Bob Beauchemin as president with the mandate to "build, promote and conduct tournaments of the Canadian Tour to develop Canadian professional golfers to a world-class level." The reborn circuit began play in 1985 and had six events. Nevertheless, the Tour was still linked with the CPGA (PGA of Canada). In January 1986, Beauchemin convinced the CPGA's Board of Directors to grant the TPD status within the CPGA and to be responsible for its own funding.
The next step involved organizing tournaments in such a way as to maximize the benefit for the players. At the time, most tournaments were 36- or 54-hole events and several were pro-am formats. To prepare players for the PGA Tour, they set a goal for all tournaments to be 72 holes with no pro-ams during the actual competition. Prize money, exemptions and draws would need to mimic the format used on the PGA Tour and European Tour. Although it took until 1989 for all tournaments to play 72 holes, the Canadian Tour began attracting players from not only the United States, but from around the world in the mid-1980s.
The Canadian Tour has sent many players on to PGA Tour success. Canadian Mike Weir, the winner of eight PGA Tour titles – including the 2003 Masters - earned Rookie of the Year honours on the Canadian Tour in 1993. In 1997, Weir captured the 1997 Canadian Masters and BC Tel Pacific Open as well as the Order of Merit. He first qualified for the PGA Tour in 1998. Other PGA Tour winners who played the Canadian Tour include 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell, 2004 Open Championship winner Todd Hamilton, Steve Stricker, Stuart Appleby, Peter Lonard, Scott McCarron, Tim Herron, Chris DiMarco, Nick Watney, Stephen Ames, Paul Casey, Arron Oberholser, D. A. Points, Ken Duke, Mackenzie Hughes, and 2008 RBC Canadian Open winner Chez Reavie.
The former Canadian Tour became an associate member of what was at the time the trade body of the world's main men's tours, the International Federation of PGA Tours, in 2000. In 2009, it became a full member when the Federation expanded to include all of the main women's tours. It is one of a number of lower-level tours at which Official World Golf Ranking points are available, with a minimum of six given to the winner and points to the top six plus ties.
The Canadian Open, which is the richest golf event in Canada, is a PGA Tour event. The top three from the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit the week before the Canadian Open are given entry. The prize money does not count toward Order of Merit earnings.
In October 2012, the PGA Tour acquired the Canadian Tour, renaming it PGA Tour Canada effective November 1, 2012, for first use in the 2013 season. Under the new system, the top five players on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit earn Web.com Tour cards, with the money leader fully exempt and those 2nd-5th conditionally exempt. Players ranked 2nd through 10th are exempt through to the finals of qualifying school and those who finish 11th–20th are admitted to the second stage. The re-tooled tour offered at least eight tournaments per season, with total purses of about $150,000 apiece. For 2015, the purses were increased to $175,000 for the first eleven events. Those who finish in the Top 60 earn entry into season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship, with a $200,000 purse and are guaranteed at minimum full PGA Tour Canada status for the next season. In 2018, the purses were increased to $200,000 and $225,000 respectively.
Like many smaller tours, PGA Tour Canada has its own series of qualifying schools at various sites. The medalist at each of the six sites is fully exempt for the season. Those in the top 14 (not including ties) are exempt through the first six events, when a reshuffle occurs. In the event of a tie, a playoff determines the final exempt position. Those in the top 40 including ties are conditionally exempt.
In 2015, Mackenzie Investments became the tour's umbrella sponsor. For the next six years, the tour was named Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada. Through various PGA Tour Canada's initiatives, over $4.1 Million has been raised for charities throughout Canada since 2013. 
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Since the PGA Tour took ownership of the Tour, 31 PGA Tour Canada alumni have gone on to earn status on the PGA Tour. Of those 31, six have won on the PGA Tour: Nick Taylor, Tony Finau, Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Wise, Adam Long, and Corey Conners.
Current alumni on the PGA Tour include John Chin, Corey Conners, Joel Dahmen, Cameron Davis, Julián Etulain, Tony Finau, Joey Garber, Talor Gooch, Brandon Harkins, Kramer Hickok, Mackenzie Hughes, Hank Lebioda, Adam Long, Pan Cheng-tsung, Seth Reeves, Sam Ryder, Brady Schnell, Ben Silverman, J. J. Spaun, Sepp Straka, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor, Aaron Wise, and Chase Wright.
Order of Merit winners
This list is incomplete.
- Lowest winning total score – 256 (−28) Brian Unk, 2009 Seaforth Country Classic, Seaforth Golf Club, Seaforth, Ontario.
- Lowest 18-hole score – 58 (−13) Jason Bohn, 2001 Bayer Championship, Huron Oaks Golf Club, Sarnia, Ontario.
- Lowest 36-hole score - 123 (-19) Zach Wright, 2018 Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open, Lethbridge, Alberta.
- Longest playoff – 11 holes Lee Chill defeated Chris DiMarco in the 1992 Willows Classic.
- Largest playoff – 6 players (Steve Scott defeated Roger Tambellini, Jess Daley, Steven Alker, Mark Slawter, and Scott Hend). Scott won on 6th playoff hole.
- Largest winning margin – 11 strokes Arron Oberholser in the 1999 Ontario Open Heritage Classic.
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