Wilson is Medallist at Spring Q-School
On Friday, he made that goal a reality.
Blitzing the Dunes at Kamloops back nine to a 5-under-par 31, Wilson finished the day with a 65 and a five-round total of 15-under-par 345, good enough for a four-shot win over Andy Johnson (Orlando, FL).
Michael Chavez (Santa Barbara, CA) ended in third spot, five strokes back. Canadians Dean Kennedy (Vancouver, BC) and Mark Maue (Kitchener, ON) will also have exempt status for the 2001 Canadian Tour season, as will former U.S. amateur standout Steve Scott, the runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship.
After shooting 2-under-par through his opening nine holes Friday, Wilson reeled off five birdies in six holes from the 11th to the 16th.
Im speechless right now. I found my groove on the back nine, every putt I tried just dropped, said Wilson, who also carded a 65 at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links during Mondays opening round. Im feeling very good about my game right now. Hopefully I can carry this out on Tour with me this summer.
Kennedy was likely the feel-good story of the tournament. Having never grabbed an exempt card in nine previous qualifying schools, including last spring when he three-putted his final hole to miss his card by a stroke, the 27-year-old finally got it right this time around.
Faced with a downhill lie 169 yards from the pin on the par-4 final hole Friday, Kennedy nailed a 7-iron with his second shot that landed within three feet of the cup.
Following the shot, he pumped his fist in the air, knowing the long wait was over.
I got to the 10th tee (after shooting 2-over through the front nine Friday), and told myself now was my time, he said. A lot of people, family, friends, strangers, have supported me over the years. This was for me, but it was also for all those people as well.
The Canadian Tour will resume in Victoria with the Shell Payless Open running from June 14-17.
X-won exempt card
Xp-won exept card (in playoff)
C-won conditional card
X-Wilson, Mark Kincardine, ON (65-73-69-73-65_345) -15
X-Johnson, Andy Orlando, FL (70-69-68-72-70_349) -11
X-Chavez, Michael Santa Barbara, CA (73-67-70-71-69-350) -10
X-Bond, Liam Wales (71-69-69-71-71_351) -9
X-Saltus, Bryan Costa Mesa, CA (70-70-72-73-68_353 -7
X-Scott, Steve Wellington, FL (72-68-71-72-72_353) -7
X-Higley, Marcus England (72-73-69-69-71_354) -6
X-Maue, Mark Kitchener, ON (72-73-64-70-70_354) -6
X-Kennedy, Dean Vancouver, BC (72-68-72-72-72_355) -5
X-Wagenseller, David Wilmington, OH (70-75-72-67-67_355) -5
X-Quiroz, Alex Mexico (72-76-68-68-68_356) -4
X-Forrester, Carlton Atlanta, GA (71-68-72-72-72_357) -3
X-Petty, Mayson Charlotte, NC (74-72-67-71-71_357) -3
Xp-Harris, Michael Troy, MI (73-70-73-72-72_358) -2
Xp-Loar, Edward Dallas, TX (72-73-71-69-69_358) -2
C-Lee, Regan Pearl City, HI (70-73-70-71-71_358) -2
C- Pearce, Mahal New Zealand (70-71-70-75-75_358) -2
C- Kirk, Michael South Africa (70-73-71-73-73_359) -1
C-Lippert, Eric Temecula, CA (68-75-76-71-71_359) -1
C-Monroe, Mark Springfield, MO (71-72-75-68-68_359) -1
C-Osborn, Darin Chico, CA (71-76-69-72-72_359) -1
C-Pleis, Steve Parrish, FL (69-73-73-71-71_359) -1
C-Conway, Bryan W. Springs, FL (76-69-71-70-70_360) Even
C- Dompier, Chris Tucson, AZ (72-74-72-69-69_360) Even
C- Osachoff, Brent Calgary, AB (68-73-73-74-74_360) Even
Watch: Koepka highlights from the Travelers
U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.
Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.
And here is the capper at the 14th
Koepka turned in 4-under 31. Here's more action from his opening nine holes.
After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.
A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead.
Lyle going through 'scary' period in cancer recovery
MELBOURNE, Australia – Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a ''really scary'' period in his third battle with cancer.
Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.
''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.
''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''
Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''
Lyle has twice beaten acute myeloid leukemia, in 1998 and 2012, and was able to return to play professional golf.
He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.
Lyle has since returned to Australia permanently to be with Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma.
Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship
SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.
The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.
The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.
Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.
Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.
McCarty had a 68, and Sowards shot 69. Sowards won the 2004 title.
David Muttitt and Jason Schmuhl tied for fourth at 1 under, and 2012 and 2015 champion Matt Dobyns, Jaysen Hansen, and Johan Kok followed at even par.
Marty Jertson, Brian Smock and Ben Kern were 1 over, and Zach Johnson, Craig Hocknull, Matt Borchert and 2016 winner Rich Berberian Jr. were 2 over. Nine players tied at 3 over, with Shawn Warren, 2017 champion Omar Uresti, 2014 winner Michael Block, Craig Bowden and Danny Balin getting the last five spots at Bellerive in a playoff. Balin got the final spot, beating Brian Norman with a par on the seventh extra hole after Norman lost a ball in a tree.
Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers
CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.
Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.
While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.
“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”
Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.
“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”