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Golf Canada Leaderboard presented by Titleist

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Below is a list of how Canadian golfers fared across the major professional tours the week prior.

PGA TOUR

Hudson Swafford sank an eight footer for eagle on the par-5 16th to break a tie atop the leaderboard on his way to winning The American Express for the second time in five years. Tom Hoge, looking for his first win in his 201st start, finished two shots back. Francesco Molinari, playing for the first time in two months and tied for the lead with two holes to play, bogeyed the final hole to finish four shots behind. …Roger Sloan notched his first top-15 result since last October. …Since missing the cut in the first event of the new season Adam Hadwin has made six consecutive weekend cuts …Nick Taylor equalled his best result of the new season

POS SCORES TOTAL
T14 Roger Sloan 66-67-71-70 -14
T25 Adam Hadwin 68-72-68-68 -12
T33 Nick Taylor 69-69-71-68 -11
T49 Adam Svensson 69-67-68-75 -9
T55 Michael Gligic 68-68-72-72 -8
MC Taylor Pendrith 71-72-67
MC Corey Conners 75-66-72

NEXT EVENT: Farmers Insurance Open (Jan. 26)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Corey Conners, Michael Gligic, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor

 

 

LPGA TOUR

 

Danielle Kang shot a final round 68 for a three-shot victory over Brooke Henderson in the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, the opening event of the LPGA season. Henderson did not make a bogey over the final two rounds but could only manage two birdies in the final round Sunday. It’s the fifth straight time she has started the year with a top-10 result and marked her best finish in four Tournament of Champions appearances. Kang was the lone player to break 70 on the weekend, and the only player to shoot in the 60s all four rounds. Nelly Korda, the 54-hole leader and No. 1 ranked player in the world, closed with a 75 to finish in a tie for fourth.

POS SCORES TOTAL
2 Brooke Henderson 69-68-68-70 -13

NEXT EVENT: Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Jan. 27)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Brooke Henderson, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Maddie Szeryk (alternate)

 

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied the final hole to force a playoff, then beat Steven Alker with a par on the second extra hole to win the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Alker missed a birdie putt on the first playoff for the win, and then failed to save par from a bunker on the second playoff hole. Stephen Ames finished tied for third, one stroke out of the playoff. Ames started the round tied for first – the fifth time in his Champions Tour career he has led or co-led heading into the final round. …Mike Weir notched his third top-20 result in his last five starts

POS SCORES TOTAL
T3 Stephen Ames 66-66-68 -16
T19 Mike Weir 69-72-68 -2

NEXT EVENT: Chubb Classic  (Feb. 18)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  TBA

EUROPEAN TOUR

Thomas Pieters had 16 pars for a final round 72 and a one stroke win over Rafa Cabrera Bello and Shubhankar Sharma in the Abu Dhabi Championship. It was his sixth career win on the European Tour. Viktor Hovland, going for his third win in his last four starts, finished two shots back. Rory McIlroy had moved to within two shot of the lead but carded three bogeys over his last five holes to finish in a tie for 12th. There were no Canadians entered in the event.

NEXT EVENT: Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic (Jan. 27)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Aaron Cockerill (alternate)

 

 

 

PGA TOUR

Svensson T7, Conners 11th, to finish Sony Open

Adam Svensson plays his shot from the 17th tee during the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 15, 2022 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

After the final day of the Sony Open in Honolulu, Canada’s Adam Svensson and Corey Conners finished T7 and 11th respectively.

For Svensson, who shot a three under 67, this would mark his best finish since he placed T15 at the 3M Open in 2019.

Connors, who celebrated his 30th birthday last week, finished the tournament at minus 16.

The tournament ended in a playoff round with Hideki Matsuyama besting Russell Henley for the top spot on the leaderboard.

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Svensson top 3 heading into final round

HONOLULU, HI - Adam Svensson tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 15, 2022 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Prior to teeing off this morning for day three of the Sony Open, B.C. native Adam Svensson hit a few practice balls and admitted that he “just kind of wasn’t feeling it.” Clearly, the 28 year old overcame those nerves as he finished the day tied for third heading into the final round tomorrow.

Despite a tsunami advisory in effect for Honolulu in the early hours of the morning, the tournament was able to safely continue with weather conditions slightly windier than the previous two days of play. When asked if this affected his game Svensson replied:

“I’m usually pretty good into the wind. I kind of like the wind. Yeah, there is some extremely tough golf shots. I think on 13 I hit 3-iron into that hole, so you definitely got to play smart, golf your ball around here.”

Corey Conners who had been tied with Svensson after the first two rounds dropped to T18.

Play resumes tomorrow morning. Full leaderboard here.

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Conners, Svensson T5 after round 2

HONOLULU, HAWAII - Corey Conners plays his shot from the fifth tee during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 14, 2022 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Round 2 of the Sony Open brought envy-worthy views as golfers tee’d up for the second day of competition in paradise. Around mid-day Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, the thermometer read 77F, equating to 25C for those who are north of the border.

For Conners and Svensson, the Friday round in Hawaii was a successful one as the pair moved up four spots on the leaderboard to finish the day at nine under in a tie for fifth. Both sit six strokes back of leader Russell Henley.

At the midway point of the tournament Conners is error-free, carding nine birdies total. His best finish at the Sony Open was in 2019 when he finished T3 at Waialae.

Conners and Svensson are the only two Canadians advancing to the third round with Sloan, Pendrith, and Gligic missing the cut.

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PGA TOUR

Conners, Svensson inside top 10 in Hawaii

HONOLULU, HAWAII - JANUARY 13: Adam Svensson plays his shot from the 17th tee during the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 13, 2022 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

2022 is off to a good start as the Canadians kick things off in Hawaii after the PGA TOUR broke for the holidays. For many of us in Canada experiencing especially cold weather as of late, the oceanfront views and swaying palm trees at Waialae County Club are an added draw along with the main attraction – spectacular professional golf.

After the conclusion of round 1, Corey Conners and Adam Svensson sit T9, with Conners carding a bogey-free round on Thursday. Both players finished six-under par 64, just three strokes behind leader and defending champ Kevin Na.

Roger Sloan and Taylor Pendrith each opened with a 71 and are tied for 119th. Michael Gligic sits T132 after he opened with a 72.

As host to 144 golfers, The Sony Open marks the first full-field event of the reopening of the PGA TOUR season. The host club, Waialae Golf and Country Club, has served as the only venue since the tournament was established in 1965.

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PGA TOUR Team Canada

Noah Steele signs with One Eleven Management Group

Noah Steele (Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada)

Noah Steele, 24, announced today that he has selected One Eleven Management Group for representation.

Steele, a National Team Program member and a 3-time NCAA tournament champion at Sam Houston State, begins his professional career after a summer to remember in 2021. That included a victory as an amateur on PGA Tour Canada against a field of professionals.

“I’m really excited to get my professional golf journey underway and thrilled to work with Jeff Dykeman and One Eleven Management Group in doing so,” said Steele, a Kingston, Ont., native. “Jeff’s reputation in the golf industry is fantastic and it was clear after a number of conversations that this would be a great match for both of us.”

In 2021, the Kingston, ON. native finished tied for fifth at the Canadian Amateur Championship before making an impressive run on PGA Tour Canada with a win, a runner-up and one additional top 10 on his way to finishing third on the points list. That secured him 2022 membership on the Canadian circuit. His victory at the 2021 Osprey Valley Open was especially impressive as he finished at 23-under par to win by six strokes at TPC Toronto.

“We are thrilled to start working with Noah, who on top of being exceptionally talented is also a total class act,” said Jeff Dykeman, CEO of One Eleven Management Group. “Noah is extremely dedicated to the process of achieving his goal of winning on the PGA Tour. We feel very privileged to be working with him and will do whatever we can to help and support him on this journey.”

Steele also earned conditional status on PGA Tour Latinoamerica for the 2022 season and hopes to play a full slate of events starting in February before returning home to play a full schedule on PGA Tour Canada. In addition, he will try to qualify for June’s RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.

Golf Canada congratulates Noah on this next step in his career.

PGA TOUR

Canadian standings as PGA TOUR resumes

(PGA TOUR/ Claus Andersen)

The internet was abuzz in late December when an image of a neatly hand-addressed envelope made the rounds on social media – Mackenzie Hughes’ invitation to the Masters.

With a new year comes a fresh realm of possibilities and many of us use the month of January as a time to craft new goals or anticipate what the next twelve months have in store for us. For golf enthusiasts, the list of things to look forward to is, thankfully, a long one.

In addition to watching Hughes compete in his third Masters Tournament in April, the Canadian golf contingent returns to PGA TOUR golf after a holiday hiatus. The current standings for players with full PGA TOUR status are as follows:

PlayerFedEx CupWorld RankingMoney List
Corey Conners8738$187,393 (99)
Michael Gligic156415$58,960 (159)
Adam Hadwin65150$317,765 (63)
Mackenzie Hughes1139$1,350,248 (9)
Taylor Pendrith47226$385,749 (56)
Roger Sloan122235$161,147 (112)
Adam Svensson133181$93,434 (140)
Nick Taylor140222$98,767 (139)

If you’ve added ‘attend a PGA TOUR event’ to your 2022 bucket list, you can purchase tickets to the 2022 RBC Canadian Open, the only Canadian stop, HERE.

PGA TOUR

Hughes finishes second at RSM Classic

Mackenzie Hughes (Photo by Sam Greenwood/ Getty Images)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Mackenzie Hughes secured a second place finish after firing 19-under at the RSM Classic. The Hamilton, Ont. native won the tournament in 2016 and finished just three strokes back of Talor Gooch.

“It feels like a long time ago now, that first win here,” said Hughes of his previous victory. “I had a lot of those same feelings coming down the stretch that I did then today. So it was really fun to be in the mix, that’s what you practice for and play for – to have a chance on Sunday, and [I] gave my best shot.”

The strong performance will likely keep him inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the year.

“I came into this week 50th in the world, so top-50 year-end was a big goal of mine – get in the majors and some of those WGC events,” said Hughes. “Accomplished that goal. Came up a bit short of winning, but planning my schedule the rest of the year will be a lot easier just knowing I can bank on those big tournaments.”

Five other Canadians made the cut: Corey Conners (T22), Taylor Pendrith (T26), Michael Gligic (T29), Adam Hadwin (T51) and Roger Sloan (T61).

The next PGA Tour event is set to commence January 6, 2022 in Hawaii.

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Mackenzie Hughes T5 heading into final round at RSM Classic

Mackenzie Hughes plays a shot on the 9th hole during the third round of The RSM Classic on in St Simons Island, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/ Getty Images)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – In his third round at the RSM Classic, Mackenzie Hughes hit 8 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing at 11 under for the tournament.

Hughes finished his day tied for 5th at 11 under; Talor Gooch is in 1st at 16 under; Seamus Power and Sebastián Muñoz are tied for 2nd at 13 under; and Tom Hoge is in 4th at 12 under.

At the 415-yard par-4 second, Hughes got on in 2 and missed his par putt from 5 feet, finishing with a 3-putt bogey. This moved Hughes to 1 over for the round.

After hitting his tee shot into the native area, Hughes hit his next to the left side of the fairway. He hit his fifth shot to the green and had a one-putt for a bogey on the par-5 seventh. This moved Hughes to 1 over for the round.

On the 223-yard par-3 12th, Hughes hit the green off the tee but missed a birdie attempt from 7-feet taking a par. This left Hughes to 2 over for the round.

On the 565-yard par-5 15th hole, Hughes reached the green in 3 and sunk a 4-foot putt for birdie. This moved Hughes to 1 over for the round.

Corey Conners shot 2-over 72 to finish his day T20 while Taylor Pendrith and Michael Gligic both moved up the leaderboard to sit T26 heading into the final round.

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PGA TOUR

Three Canadians inside top 15 after 2nd round

Mackenzie Hughes looks over a shot on the 18th hole during the second round of The RSM Classic at St Simons Island, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/ Getty Images)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The second round at Sea Island Golf Course saw a strong dose of red and white as three Canadians finished the day inside the top 15.

Defending champ Mackenzie Hughes hit 9 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation to finish his day tied for 4th at 11 under with American Taylor Moore.

Corey Conners finished the round at 9 under to secure a three-way tie for ninth place. Conners fired three birdies in his second day to bring his total up to 11 for the tournament so far.

Adam Hadwin had a great day on the green leaving no misses on putts within 10 feet. At the 192-yard par-3 17th, Hadwin hit a tee shot 171 yards at the green, setting himself up for the 26-foot putt for birdie. He finished his day tied for 15th at 7 under.

Canadians Taylor Pendrith (T39), Michael Gligic (T39) and Roger Sloan (T52) also made the cut and will join Hughes, Conners, and Hadwin in round 3 tomorrow as they chase American Taylor Gooch who leads the field at 13 under.

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