Four Canadians earn Tour status at Q-School

Ben Silverman (PGA TOUR Canada)

Winter Garden, FL – Thornhill, Ont., native Ben Silverman tied for 6th and led the way for the 10-player Canadian contingent taking part in the final stage of Tour qualifying at Orange County National near Orlando, Fla.

Silverman birdied three of his last five holes to finish at four under on the day and 10-under overall, seven shots back of the winning score.

By virtue of finishing in the top 10, Silverman is guaranteed spots in the Tour’s first 12 events of 2017.

Calgary’s Ryan Yip carded had a 70 on Sunday to tie for 23rd at 6-under.

Justin Shin of Maple Ridge, B.C., fired a 69 for a share of 35th at 4-under.

Listowel, Ont., native and Team Canada Young Pro Corey Conners tied for 42nd at 3-under.

Players who finished between 11th and 45th, plus ties, earned guaranteed entry into the first eight events of the regular season before a reshuffle.

American Jim Renner had a final-round, 9-under 63 to take medalist honors. The 33-year-old lives just 25 minutes from the course and proved to feel right at home on Sunday, with seven birdies and an eagle to earn full exempt status on the Tour in 2017.

The Tour Qualifying Tournament was a four-day, 72-hole competition with a total of 155 players beginning play on Thursday morning.

There were nearly 1,000 entries for the tournament, which included previous Pre-Qualifying, First and Second stages that began in August.

The top five from the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR China Order of Merit(s) not otherwise fully exempt for the 2017 Tour season competed in the Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Here are the results from the top five players from Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada.

Full Canadian results: