Preview: Top Guns Ready To Do Battle At Highland

From the Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada, by Adam Stanley:

This is it. The drama of the 2019 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada is set to reach its climax this week in London at the Canada Life Championship.

In the history of the Mackenzie Tour, there has never been a race to No. 1 like what we’re seeing this week, as four players on top of the Order of Merit have a legitimate shot at winning the money title, Player of the Year honours, and full status on the Korn Ferry Tour for 2020.

Here are the players to watch at the 2019 Mackenzie Tour season finale.

Paul Barjon. Photo: Jeffrey Reed/LondonOntarioGolf.com.

1. Taylor Pendrith: Last week’s winner in Montreal, Pendrith secured himself at least conditional status on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020 with his win. But he’s looking for more. The Canadian is second on the money list (approx. $5,000 behind Paul Barjon), but he’s coming into the week after setting a four-round scoring record (28-under) and has all the confidence in the world.

2. Paul Barjon: While Barjon had a pedestrian week last week – at least by his 2019 standards – he finished Sunday with a bang. His 8-under 64 was the round of the day, and he heads to a golf course where he’s had a ton of success. He holds the course record in London and the tournament scoring record (258) after winning in 2016.

3. Lorens Chan: If there’s a Mackenzie Tour leaderboard in 2019, it’s likely you’ll find Lorens Chan near the top of it. Chan went 11/11 for cuts-made this year and finished in the top-10 eight times. He’s first in Scoring Average on Tour and second in Total Birdies.

4. Jake Knapp: While it’s been a bit more of an up-and-down year for Knapp as compared to Pendrith, Barjon, and Chan, you cannot count out Knapp’s firepower. The two-time winner in 2019 is third on the Order of Merit and should be considered a threat as he looks to end the season the same way as he started – with a victory.

5. Hayden Buckley: While Buckley hasn’t yet locked up a spot in The Five, he’s been holding steady at that position for a few weeks now. Buckley’s worst result over the last eight weeks was a T31, and he comes into London after a T7 in Montreal.

6. Greyson Sigg: Sigg finished fourth last week – his best finish since the GolfBC Championship when he shot 59 on Sunday and finished third – and comes into the season finale in prime position to stay inside the top 10 on the Order of the Merit on the Mackenzie Tour for the first time in his career. He finished T6 in London two years ago.

7. Ian Holt: Holt has done it all this year and is playing his most consistent golf of the season at the perfect time. At ninth on the Order of Merit, Holt will need another very good week to stay there – or move up – but this would be the place for him to do it. Holt finished T4 a year ago after a Sunday 64, the round of the day.

8. Jonathan Garrick: Garrick held a piece of the lead for a good chunk of the 2018 Canada Life Championship before eventually finishing T2. At 12th on the Order of Merit, Garrick will be motivated this week by the opportunity to slide into the top-10, and he comes to a place where he is super comfortable.

9. Patrick Fishburn: Fishburn was bumped outside the top-10 on the money list last week after missing the cut in Montreal – his first all season. Fishburn, who has three top-10’s on the season, is just $324 the No. 10 spot. He finished T9 a year ago in London.

10. Sam Fidone: Fidone has the experience to make a move at the final tournament of the year. While he has made only five cuts this year, his best two results have come in the last three events – having lost in a playoff and finishing T5 last week in Montreal. Fidone is a past winner on the Mackenzie Tour and finished T18 the last time he played the Canada Life Championship.

Ed. Note: Here are your Top 5 on the Mac Tour’s Order of Merit heading into the Canada Life Championship:

1. Paul Barjon $125,738
2. Taylor Pendrith $120,259
3. Jake Knapp $119,620
4. Lorens Chan $112,210
5. Hayden Buckley $79,037

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