Canadian Tour Swinging Through Mexico


Canadian Tour-LargeMORELIA, Mexico -- The Canadian Tour closes out its two-event swing through Mexico this week with the Michelin Morelia Classic.

Tres Marias Residential Golf Club in Morelia will play host to the sixth official event of the season with competitors teeing it up for the $125,000 purse. The winner will collect a check for $20,000.

Tournament days are scheduled to run from Wednesday through Saturday to give players time to return to the United States for next weeks U.S. Open regional qualifying.

Jaime Gomez of Texas notched his second career win this past weekend at the Corona Mazatlan Classic to move past Edmontons Stuart Anderson into top spot on the Tours money list. Americans Scott Gibson, Michael Harris and Brien Davis round out the top five.

In April, Tres Marias was also the site for the LPGA Tours Corona Morelia Championship, which was won by Carin Koch.

Four of the five event winners from this season--Gomez, Anderson, Gibson and Jim Seki'are scheduled to compete in Morelia.

While Anderson leads all Canadians in earnings to date, thee others inside the top 15 will also be in action this week. Derek Gillespie (8th), Brad Fritsch (9th) and Rob McMillan (14th) will be looking to become the second Canadian to win this year. Other players from north of 49th to watch include Craig Matthew, Chris Baryla, Craig Taylor, Lee Curry, Adam Short and Dan Swanson.

American-born players have won four of five events this season. If that trend is to continue, among those to keep an eye on are Gomez, Gibson, Harris, Davis, Stephen Gangluff, Robert Hamilton, Ryan Miller, Chris Wall, Jason Higton, John Mallinger and Ben Pettitt.

Some of Mexicos premier players will also be searching for a Tour championship in their home country, including Rafael Alarcon, Jorge Corral, Antonio Serna, Octavio Gonzalez and Manuel Inman.

Pablo del Olmo won the 2002 Michelin Ixtapa Classic playing on a sponsors exemption in the Tours first visit to Mexico.