American Gordon Wins Mac Tour Q-School Playoff

Will Gordon wins third Mackenzie Tour Q-School in playoff

Santee, California— Following 73 gruelling holes, William Gordon is the medalist from the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s third Q-School event of the season, firing 9-under over four days at Carlton Oaks Golf Club.

Making a long putt on 18 to match Nathan Jeansonne, the duo went back to hole No. 18 where Gordon sealed his victory with a 3-foot par make.

“This is a really cool opportunity and it unlocks a lot of doors,” said Gordon. “To be able to have a full schedule guaranteed is a big boost of confidence and I’m excited for it.”

Will Gordon. Photo: Mackenzie Tour.

It was a battle for most of the day for the Vanderbilt senior. After making the turn one-over par, Gordon made a double-bogey on 10 to fall behind playing-competitor Jeansonne.

“I was 4-over through 12, so I wasn’t really thinking playoff at that point, I was just in survival mode,” said Gordon, who is now exempt for the entire 12-event Mackenzie Tour season. “I started to hit it a little bit better after that and made a couple putts at the end, Nathan (Jeansonne) played great this week too.”

With Vanderbilt, Gordon has two individual-tournament victories this season and a 69.52 scoring average, which would be the second-lowest in school history if the season ended today.

Gordon noted that the week gives him a lot of confidence heading into the end of the college season, specifically the way he was able to salvage a number while not having his best game for most of the day.

“A lot of my friends have been up on the Mackenzie Tour the past few years and I keep hearing good things about it,” said Gordon. “It’s the path to the PGA TOUR, so it’s a really great opportunity.”

The fourth of six Q-Schools takes place next week on the Gold Course at Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

Key Information
•Alex Chiarella returns to the Mackenzie Tour after having conditional status in 2018. In four events last year, Chiarella had three top-30 finishes.
•A top-10 recruit nationally out of high school, Nathan Jeansonne has improved his scoring average each season with the LSU Tigers, currently boasting a 71.78 average this year.
•Following three consecutive over-par rounds, Gray Townsend made six birdies and only a single bogey to move to jump 31 spots to T24, giving him conditional Mackenzie Tour status.

Quotable

“I’m happy to be done and happy with how I played as a whole this week. Today was a tough day, it a little windy and I didn’t really have anything going right for me. I made a couple good birdies on the back nine to salvage the round and end up okay for the week.” – Preston Valder

“I don’t know if I’ll do anything different this year. I should be in a better place now than I was then (in 2017) with my game and just having the experience of having played a full year up there, you know how the week-to-week goes, you can plan your schedule a little better, you don’t have to play as many practice rounds and can hopefully play nicely.” – Preston Valder

“I feel a lot better now that it’s done with. This week, the past two rounds, the winds were around 15-20 miles-per-hour and the greens were getting hard, so there weren’t a whole lot of birdie opportunities out there. It was tough to get close to the flags so I’m glad to have hung in there and it was just good enough.” – Patrick Martin

“Especially recently, the past four or five years, the Mackenzie Tour has been a great place for guys coming out of college, a lot of friends that played it the last couple summers had nothing but good things to say. The Tour just seems like a good place, especially for guys just getting into professional golf to get into the routine, and travelling and playing every week. For me, I think it’ll be vital preparing for Web Q-School and learning how to score.” – Patrick Martin

“It was a tough week. The course was set up pretty hard the past two days, to make it through Q-School is a tough test, so I’m happy to have made it through.” – Sebastian Crampton

“You always want to qualify, so to get through was good, and I’m excited for a season in Canada. You always want to do something to get yourself closer to the PGA TOUR, college golf is a great step, playing a Tour where you can get status and skip stages of Q-School, that’s the biggest goal, so this is the best Tour I think.” – Hayden Wood

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