Albin Choi (Golf Canada/ Bernard Brault)

Eleven Canadians set to vie for Tour cards

Eleven Canadians will begin their quest at securing or improving playing status for the Tour’s 2014 season this week at PGA West’s TPC Stadium and Nicklaus tournament courses in La Quinta, Calif., December 12-17.

This year marks the beginning of the PGA TOUR’s new qualifying format that will see players given status solely on the Tour for the 2014 season at the conclusion of 108 holes. In past years, the top-25 players were awarded a direct ticket to the PGA TOUR.

Canadians in the field at Final Qualifying:

  • Yohann Benson, Montréal, Que.
  • Cam Burke, New Hamburg, Ont.
  • Devin Carrey, Surrey, B.C.
  • Albin Choi, Toronto, Ont.
  • Max Gilbert, St-Georges, Que.
  • Derek Gillespie, Oshawa, Ont.
  • Justin Shin, Maple Ridge, B.C.
  • Roger Sloan, Merritt, B.C.
  • Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Riley Wheeldon, Comox, B.C.
  • Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, B.C.

The 11 Canadians in the field this week will look to finish inside the top-45, which will give them exempt status until the Web.Com Tour’s second periodic re-order of the 2014 season. Below is a breakdown of how Tour membership will be awarded at the conclusion of play. Tour membership

After the conclusion of play in the Final Qualifying Stage the contestants in the Final Qualifying Stage will be eligible for 2014 Tour membership, unless the PGA TOUR, in its sole discretion, elects not to award a membership based on other factors. Contestants who are; under the age of 18; an amateur; or do not become members will be included to determine the following categories as described in the Tour Tournament Regulations.

Category 2a: Winner and ties of the Tour Qualifying Tournament Medalist – exempt for the 2014 season and from periodic re-order.

Category 4: Players finishing after the Winner and ties through tenth and ties position – exempt until the third periodic re-order of the 2014 season.

Category 4a: Players finishing after the tenth and ties position through forty-fifth and ties position – exempt until the second periodic re-order of the 2014 season.

Category 18: Players after the forty-fifth and ties position – conditional status for the 2014 season, alternating with seventy-sixth through one-hundredth (76-100) positions from the Tour Regular Season.

For scoring, pairings and information on Final Qualifying, click here.