Points Eyes Third Title and Promotion


The Nationwide Tour heads north of the border for one of the oldest championships in golf, the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship (TGC beginning Thusday at 2:30 p.m. ET).
Dating back to 1912, its the second oldest event in Canada and this year the tournament moves to a new venue at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.
The event was first affiliated with the Nationwide Tour three years ago, and was won, fittingly enough, by Canadian Richard Zokol.
But this year all eyes will be on the one of the hottest players on the planet in D.A. Points.
Points won for the second time in a month last week at the Pete Dye West Virginia Classic. His 10-under-par 62 in the second round enabled him to coast to a five stroke victory and marked the second consecutive event - he withdrew after one round at the Reeses Cup Classic - that he finished at the top.
In the process he moved to first on the money list and is just one victory away from earning the PGA Tour's Battlefield Promotion. He also had a runner-up finish at the LaSalle Bank Open prior to his victory at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic in June.
He joins Jimmy Walker, Daniel Chopra and Kevin Stadler as the only two time winners on the Nationwide Tour in 2004.
This is the 17th event of the season, and the third time the tour has stepped outside of U.S. boundaries. The first two tournaments were played in Australia and New Zealand, respectively.
Brendan Jones, sitting in second on the money list will be not be in Ontario this week and that will give Points a chance to pad his earnings lead.
The total purse is $450,000 with $81,000 awarded to the winner.
The Golf Channel will show all four days of action live this week from the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship, beginning Thusday at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Past champions in this event include Raymond Floyd (1981), Arnold Palmer (1980), Lee Trevino (1979 and 1983) and Lanny Wadkins (1978).
Related links:
  • Full Coverage - Canadian PGA Championship