Osachoff Mills Among Tour Card-Holders
Osachoff fired a final-round 1-under-par 71 to wind up the four-day tournament at 5-under 283, two shots better than fellow Calgarian Wes Heffernan and hot prospect Jon Mills (Brooklin, ON). Heffernan and Osachoff, who both played on the Canadian Tour this past season but lost their cards after failing to finish in the Top 80 on the McDonalds Order of Merit, were two of eight 2000 Tour members who won exempt cards back Friday. A total of 15 exempt cards, as well as an additional 11 conditional, were handed out for the 2002 campaign following play Friday.
Coming out of amateur this past season, it was a bit of a shock to me to step right in and play at that level, admitted Osachoff. It was a bit of an adjustment, but Im ready now. Im there physically; its just the mental part I have to improve on. The top guys on Tour will always be there, but the depth on this Tour is amazing.
Mills, 23, who recently finished 6th in the NCAA Nationals while at Kent State, will attend the PGA Qualifying School later this fall. Either way, he knows he will have his work cut out for him on the Canadian Tour should he not qualify down south.
Getting a card was my goal coming in, so it feels good to play well here, he said. Thats what Im looking for-that experience that will take me to the next level. I want to set some goals for myself, and set them high.
At the Bayer Championship in Sarnia last weekend, Hearn wound up the low Canadian (T5th), and was just a couple of groups back of Jason Bohn (Atlanta, Ga.), who carded a final-round 58 Sunday, the first time that score has ever been recorded in tournament play. Hearn feels that shows the level of talent on the Canadian Tour, and he looks forward to the challenge.
I wasnt going to look at the board (last Sunday), but I couldnt help it, laughed the 22-year-old. Something seemed out of place, and it was his 9-under through 7 holes. But now I know at least I have somewhere to play next year. Im not going to put too much pressure on myself.
Scores Friday after the final round of the Canadian Tour's 2001 Fall Qualifying School played at Royal Ashburn Golf Club (x-earned exempt card for 2002 Canadian Tour season; xp-earned exempt card in playofff; c-earned conditional card):
x-Osachoff, Brent Calgary, AB 68-73-71-71_283 -5
x-Heffernan, Wes Calgary, AB 73-73-71-68_285 -3
x-Mills, Jon Brooklin, ON 69-73-72-71_285 -3
x-Daniel, Matt Richmond, BC 69-74-74-69_286 -2
x-Chartrand, Dan Victoria, BC 72-70-74-71_287 -1
x-Fritsch, Brad Manotick, ON 72-71-73-71_287 -1
x-Harrison, Roger Calgary, AB 72-75-68-72_287 -1
x-Smith, Tony Clovis, CA 74-72-70-71_287 -1
x-Hearn, David Brantford, ON 67-72-74-75_288 Even
x-Henderson, Mark Innisfil, ON 71-73-73-72_289 +1
x-Sahl, Danny Sherwood Park, AB 71-75-74-69_289 +1
x-Woodcock, Mike Chatham, ON 76-69-72-72_289 +1
x-Krieger, Ty Edina, MN 73-76-69-72_290 +2
x-Muir, James Calgary, AB 76-67-74-73_290 +2
xp-Webb, Brennan Bracebridge, ON 73-69-72-77_291 +3
c-Chilton, Gord Markham, ON 70-76-69-76_291 +3
c-Kral, Scotty Victoria, BC 76-73-71-71_291 +3
c-Welder, Jamie Calgary, AB 71-75-73-72_291 +3
c-Anderson, Stuart Strathmore, AB 71-76-72-73_292 +4
c-Blais, Jerome Sherbrooke, QC 73-73-73-73_292 +4
c-Lee, Regan Pearl City, HI 73-73-74-72_292 +4
c-Lippert, Eric Temecula, CA 71-71-82-68_292 +4
c-McCann, Brian Mississauga, ON 69-75-74-75_293 +5
c-Petty, Mayson Charlotte, NC 71-77-72-73_293 +5
c-Hinds, Jerry Orillia, ON 79-68-76-71_294 +6
c-Pence, Todd Cheney, WA 72-78-73-71_294 +6
Beale, Roger Ottawa, ON 74-75-71-75_295 +7
Hinton, Keith Port Huron, MI 75-76-70-74_295 +7
Millage, Reg Ennismore, ON 74-77-71-73_295 +7
Jones, Kevin Ajax, ON 73-75-76-72_296 +8
Chubb, Matthew Toronto, ON 72-75-76-74_297 +9
Kennedy, Dean Vancouver, BC 76-73-70-78_297 +9
Short, Adam Vineland, ON 71-76-77-73_297 +9
Belbin, Chad Kamloops, BC 70-77-73-78_298 +10
Haraguchi, Mike Richmond, BC 77-74-74-73_298 +10
Keating, Walter Thunder Bay, ON 73-76-73-76_298 +10
Levesque, Dave Quebec City, QC 75-70-80-73_298 +10
North, Dean Winnipeg, MB 71-78-78-71_298 +10
Burns, Gordon Scarborough, ON 75-78-71-75_299 +11
Sung, Steven Markham, ON 79-73-72-75_299 +11
Kureluk, Jamie Calgary, AB 76-75-76-73_300 +12
Fukishima, Kent Grande Prairie, AB 73-77-75-76_301 +13
Greville, Jeremy Hamilton, ON 73-76-79-73_301 +13
Jenkinson, Garett Calgary, AB 75-77-74-75_301 +13
Moore, Michael Mississauga, ON 73-82-70-76_301 +13
Buck, David Abbotsford, BC 73-78-77-74_302 +14
McKenzie, Luke Holland Landing, ON 76-79-72-75_302 +14
Burch, Jason Vaughn, ON 77-76-75-75_303 +15
Vance, Brian Ottawa, ON 74-78-76-75_303 +15
James, Julian Ottawa, ON 78-76-74-76_304 +16
Lim, Dean Vancouver, BC 78-74-74-78_304 +16
O'Brien, Terry Barrie, ON 78-75-72-79_304 +16
Tomasulo, Justin Stratford, ON 74-76-75-80_305 +17
Ward, Andrew Calgary, AB 73-77-74-81_305 +17
Matheson, Craig Markham, ON 78-72-78-78_306 +18
Robertson, John Courtenay, BC 74-80-73-79_306 +18
Lemieux, Richard Edmonton, AB 74-78-76-83_311 +23
Walker, Michel Ottawa, ON 78-76-73-86_313 +25
Arsenault, Bryce Summerside, PEI 79-81_160 M/C M/C
Markic, Izzy Toronto, ON 83-77_160 M/C M/C
McRobie, Jordan Montreal, QC 80-80_160 M/C M/C
Caulfield, Grant Orangeville, ON 77-84_161 M/C M/C
Dziabel, Jason Oakville, ON 83-78_161 M/C M/C
Hill, Jason St. John's, NFLD 80-81_161 M/C M/C
Minogue, Ryan Blenheim, ON 84-77_161 M/C M/C
Whalen, Brad High Prairie, AB 84-77_161 M/C M/C
Hansen, Steve Perth-Andover, NB 81-81_162 M/C M/C
Huang, Hart Abbotsford, BC 81-81_162 M/C M/C
Landriault, Gerry Chilliwack, BC 80-82_162 M/C M/C
Brown, Dean Regina, SK 82-82_164 M/C M/C
Schade, Derek Kelowna, BC 78-86_164 M/C M/C
Thompson, Peter Oshawa, ON 81-84_165 M/C M/C
Douglas, Rob Stratford, ON 75-91_166 M/C M/C
Knight, Troy Lacombe, AB 82-84_166 M/C M/C
Dakin, Mike Aurora, ON 82-85_167 M/C M/C
Knudsen, Erik Richmond, VA 86-81_167 M/C M/C
Dean, Mike Windsor, ON 78-90_168 M/C M/C
Hawker, Jai Calgary, AB 86-82_168 M/C M/C
Philips, Matt Aurora, ON 85-84_169 M/C M/C
Lacoursiere, Dean Vancouver, BC 91-79_170 M/C M/C
Vanderbeek, Chris Dundas, ON 89-82_171 M/C M/C
Luchkiw, Don Innisfil, ON 88-84_172 M/C M/C
Ruiter, Kris Hudson, QC 83-89_172 M/C M/C
Kachmar, John Vancouver, BC 86-88_174 M/C M/C
Pickering, Andrew Wallaceburg, ON 88-91_179 M/C M/C
Burke, Mark Toronto, ON 75-78-76_229 M/C M/C
Church, Dan North York, ON 77-78-74_229 M/C M/C
Mumford, Kevin Mississauga, ON 76-76-77_229 M/C M/C
Bidewell, Neil Delta, BC 79-75-76_230 M/C M/C
Dompier, Chris Tucson, AZ 76-79-75_230 M/C M/C
Jones, Cory Toronto, ON 73-79-78_230 M/C M/C
Kelly, Dave Ste-Foy, QC 74-80-76_230 M/C M/C
Rinker, Joe London, ON 78-73-79_230 M/C M/C
Almand, Jim San Diego, CA 73-78-80_231 M/C M/C
Hendershott, Dennis Toronto, ON 74-78-79_231 M/C M/C
Moore, Brad Oakville, ON 80-78-73_231 M/C M/C
Devlin, Ryan Calgary, AB 75-80-77_232 M/C M/C
Buck, Ryan Abbotsford, BC 74-81-78_233 M/C M/C
Castleton, Geoff Coburg, ON 81-72-80_233 M/C M/C
Henson, Ian Vancouver, BC 78-78-77_233 M/C M/C
Sempecos, Perry Toronto, ON 78-80-75_233 M/C M/C
Dibble, Scott Gormley, ON 80-75-79_234 M/C M/C
Jones, Forrest Sarnia, ON 73-85-76_234 M/C M/C
Fuhr, Grant Calgary, AB 81-78-76_235 M/C M/C
Johnson, Scott Nepean, ON 75-81-79_235 M/C M/C
Lessard, Frederic Ste-Marie de Beauce, QC 76-81-78_235 M/C M/C
Versage, Joe St. Catharines, ON 77-82-76_235 M/C M/C
Gordon, Chris Sarnia, ON 81-77-78_236 M/C M/C
Machel, Mike Halifax, NS 84-74-78_236 M/C M/C
Proctor, Marcus Aurora, ON 81-77-78_236 M/C M/C
Scott, Drew Pinehurst, NC 80-77-80_237 M/C M/C
Hagger, Ryan Blind River, ON 79-80-79_238 M/C M/C
Kang, Tai Abbotsford, BC 77-77-85_239 M/C M/C
Huth, Thomas Vancouver, BC 79-80-81_240 M/C M/C
Allman, Blake Brantford, ON 78-81-83_242 M/C M/C
Osborn, Darin Chico, CA GW/D GW/D
Wilson, Mark Kincardine, ON GW/D GW/D
Petryk, Larry Smoky Lake, AB 80 GW/D GW/D
Hutzul, Courtney Millet, AB 78-80_158 GW/D GW/D
McCann, John Barrie, ON 76-75-71_222 GW/D GW/D
Gunn, Jeff Nepean, ON 80-76_156 DQ DQ
Hins, Mike Ste-Soffie, QC 81-78_159 DQ DQ
Norton, Danny Richmond, BC 70-76-82_228 DQ DQ
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.
"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."
Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.
"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.
"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"
The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.
"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.
"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."
Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.
Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.
"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."
Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.
"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.
When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.
The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.
The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.