The 2016 Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada schedule has gone public with a dozen tournaments slated to happen from May to September. There will be two inaugural tournaments and 10 returning events from 2015, including the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops at Hylands Golf Club near the Ottawa International Airport from Aug 15-21.
The season kicks off in British Columbia when the players compete in the Freedom 55 Financial Open from May 23-29 at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The tour then heads to Victoria for the 34th playing of the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist from May 30-June 5 at Uplands Golf Club and will be followed by the first GolfBC Championship from June 6-12 at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club in Kelowna.
The tour then goes east to Saskatchewan for the SacSIGA Dakota Dunes Open at Dakota Dunes Golf Links in Saskatoon from June 20-26. This event will feature a “Graham Slam” event hosted by the PGA Tour’s Graham DeLaet of Weyburn and supports the Graham and Ruby DeLaet foundation. After a week off, the tour resumes in Winnipeg, MB, for The Players Cup from July 4-10 and the following week checks into Thunder Bay, ON, for the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel from July 11-17. At this time the top three players on the tour’s Order of Merit will earn exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour. The season resumes with three straight stops in Alberta, with the inaugural Oil Country Championship in Edmonton from July 25-31, the Syncrude Boreal Open in Fort McMurray from Aug. 1-7 and the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary from Aug. 8-14.
Then it’s the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops before the tour shows up at the rebranded Cape Breton Open from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, which has a new home at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, NS. The top 60 players on the Order of Merit after Bell Bay will retain exempt status and compete in the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship at Highland Country Club in London, ON, from Sept. 12-18.
The Order of Merit winner will be fully exempt on the Web.com Tour for the following season. The players placing second through fifth earn conditional status and each player finishing second through 10th receives an exemption into the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Players 11 through 20 get an exemption into the second stage. Prize money will be $175,000 CDN for the first 11 Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada events and a $200,000 CDN purse is set for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship.
The players will look to follow in the footsteps of Nick Taylor and Tony Finau, who graduated from the Mackenzie Tour in 2013 to becoming finalists for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 season, along with 37 members of the 2015 Mackenzie Tour that went on to earn 2016 Web.com Tour status.
Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada