Nick Taylor's seventh-place finish on the PGA Tour Canada order of merit netted him an exemption into the Tour's final Q-School stage in December.

Nick Taylor's seventh-place finish on the PGA Tour Canada order of merit netted him an exemption into the Tour's final Q-School stage in December.

Taylor’s consistent play yields Q-School exemption

Nick Taylor’s PGA Tour Canada campaign didn’t land him a coveted Tour card, but he picked up a pretty nice consolation prize.

Nick Taylor’s PGA Tour Canada campaign didn’t land him a coveted Tour card, but the Abbotsford golfer picked up a pretty nice consolation prize.

Taylor finished tied for 29th at the Tour Champion-ship at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ont. last week – the last of nine events on the PGA Tour Canada schedule. That left him in seventh place on the tour’s order of merit with total earnings of $36,715; the top five were awarded Tour cards.

The next five order of merit finishers, including Taylor, earned an exemption into the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School, which runs Dec. 12-17 at the PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta, Calif.

Despite the fact he didn’t earn his card outright, it’s hard to find fault with Taylor’s PGA Tour Canada season. He led the circuit in birdies made (151), notched five top-10 finishes, and missed just one cut in nine tourneys. He just wasn’t able to parlay his consistently terrific play into a victory (his best tourney finish was a tie for second), which would have boosted him into the top five.


Fellow Abbotsford golfer Adam Hadwin, who is already on the Tour, made his first cut on that circuit’s Finals series last week.

Hadwin tied for 37th at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, carding rounds of 70, 71, 75 and 70 to finish two over par.

Hadwin, having missed the cut at the first two Finals events, has a lot of ground to make up heading into the last of the four post-season tourneys – the Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – next week.

He currently sits 94th on the Finals priority ranking list with $5,000 in earnings, and will need a high finish at the Championship to crack the top 50 and earn his PGA Tour card.

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