2014 Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial
Dates: September 1-7
Course: The Lakes Golf Club (Ben Eoin, NS)
Par/Yards: 36-36—72/6,904 yards
Field: 156
2013 champion: Mackenzie Hughes
Purse: $150,000/$27,000 (winner)
Format: 72-hole stroke play (pro-am format for first 36 holes)
Website: capebretoncelticclassic.ca
Twitter: @cbcelticclassic / #CelticClassic

The Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial is the 11th of 12 events on the 2014 schedule, with four events in as many weeks to close out the race to finish in The Five and earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2015. The 2014 schedule consists of 12 events from coast-to-coast, beginning with the PC Financial Open in May and concluding with the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial this September.

Last chance to get into London and earn exempt status for 2015
The Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial represents the last chance for PGA TOUR Canada players to get inside the top 60 on the Order of Merit and secure exempt status for the 2015 season. In addition to keeping their cards for next year, the top 60 will also secure a spot in next week’s TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club in London, Ontario, the final event of the 2014 season. Below is a brief picture of the top 60 ‘bubble’ through The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial.

No. Player Earnings and +/-
56 Matthew Smith +$644
57 Drew Evans +$631
58 Devin Carrey +$471
59 Matt Marshall +$355
60 Sam Ryder $8,469
61 Andrew Noto -$154
62 Bruce Woodall -$171
63 Travis Ross -$1,204
64 David Byrne -$1,250

Race for The Five reaches crunch time
With two events left in the 2014 season, the season-long race to finish in The Five and earn Web.com Tour status is in the home stretch. Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen, who holds a $21,245 lead over No. 2 Tim Madigan, is the only player to have mathematically secured his spot in The Five. Below are the top 10 through The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial, and what they would need to do to reach the No. 5 spot this week.

No. Player Earnings +/- from No. 5 Needed to current reach No. 5
1 Joel Dahmen $79,687 +$41,259 -
2 Tim Madigan $58,442 +$20,014 -
3 Brock Mackenzie $55,142 +$16,714 -
4 Matt Harmon $41,894 +$3,466 -
5 Josh Persons $38,428 - -
6 Greg Eason $37,949 -$479 56th or better
7 Wes Homan $37,327 -$1,101 28th or better
8 Nate McCoy $33,652 -$4,776 2-way tie for 7th or better
9 Ricky McDonald $30,878 -$7,550 3-way tie for 3rd or better
10 David Bradshaw $28,564 -$9,864 4-way tie for 2nd or better

A look back at the 2013 Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial
The Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial played a pivotal role in the race for The Five in 2013, as Canadian Mackenzie Hughes earned his first PGA TOUR Canada victory and would go on to win the Order of Merit, earning full status on the Web.com Tour.

In last year’s final round at the Lakes, Hughes began the day six shots behind 54-hole leader David Skinns, but birdied five of his first six holes to take the lead after Skinns made triple bogey at the third hole. Hughes then birdied four of his final five holes to hold off a charge from Ryan Williams to secure his first professional win. Hughes will be in the field this week to defend his title after missing out on the Web.com Tour Finals.

Beman serving as Ambassador and Honourary Chairman in Cape Breton
Former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman is the Honourary Chairman and Ambassador of the 2014 Cape Breton Celtic Classic. Beman, who served as Commissioner from 1974 to 1994, became involved with the tournament as part of his ongoing affinity for the area, which began on a motorcycle trip in the 1970s and has included several golf trips to the area over the years.

A look at the 2014 PGA TOUR Canada season so far

  • Four different winners of five events in their 20s and five different winners in their 30s.
  • Youngest winner: Nate McCoy, The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial (24 years, 1 month, 14 days)
  • Oldest winner: Brock Mackenzie, ATB Financial Classic (33 years, 16 days)
  • One two-time winner (Joel Dahmen, PC Financial Open & Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON)
  • One Order of Merit leader all season (Joel Dahmen, 10 weeks)
  • Seven 54-hole leaders or co-leaders of 10 events to convert victory.
  • One Canadian winner (Greg Machtaler, Summerland, BC, Forces & Families Open)
  • Eight first-time winners (Joel Dahmen, PC Financial Open; Josh Persons, Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist; Matt Harmon, SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel; Tim Madigan, The Players Cup; Wes Homan, Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel; Greg Machtaler, Forces & Families Open; David Bradshaw, The Great Waterway Classic; Nate McCoy, The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial)
  • Three rookie winners (Matt Harmon, SIGA Dakota Dunes Open; Tim Madigan, The Players Cup; David Bradshaw, The Great Waterway Classic)
  • Eight holes-in-one, three double eagles.
  • One player (Sean Shahi) to make the cut in every event.

Notes on the field

  • Eight participants from the RBC Canadian Open, led by Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen who made the cut and finished T53. The others: Tim Madigan, Josh Persons, Michael Gligic, Beon-Yeong Lee, Kevin Stinson, Ben Silverman, Eugene Wong.
  • Nine winners of all 10 PGA TOUR Canada events this season (Joel Dahmen/PC Financial Open & Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON; Josh Persons/Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist; Matt Harmon/SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel; Tim Madigan/The Players Cup; Wes Homan/Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel; Brock Mackenzie/ATB Financial Classic; Greg Machtaler/Forces & Families Open; David Bradshaw/The Great Waterway Classic; Nate McCoy/The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial).
  • 42 Canadians and players from Argentina, England, France, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden and the United States.

Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial sponsor’s exemptions:

Stuart Anderson (Strathmore, AB)
Lincoln Bradley (Sydney Mines, NS)
Adam Chamberlain (Bathurst, NB)
Kevin Dugas (Moncton, NB)
Brandon Hagy (Westlake Village, CA)
Danny Sahl (Sherwood Park, ON)

Miscellaneous Notes

  • 2013 Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial champion Mackenzie Hughes will make his first start of the season on PGA TOUR Canada. Hughes made seven cuts in 20 starts on the Web.com Tour this year and finished 164th on the money list.
  • PGA TOUR Canada veterans Danny Sahl and George Bradford will make their first starts of the season after losing exempt status last season. Sahl has spent the season caddying for Mike Weir on the PGA TOUR, while Bradford, who Monday qualified, is working as a teaching professional in Maryland.
  • Sponsor’s exemption Adam Chamberlain won the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada in 2013.
  • Baddeck’s Peter Campbell, the only Nova Scotian member of PGA TOUR Canada, returns in the midst of a strong season. Campbell, who finished T23 in Cape Breton last year, posted a career-best T2 finish at the Forces & Families Open in August and currently ranks 34th on the 2014 Order of Merit.

PGA TOUR Canada alumni notes

  • 2013 Order of Merit No. 7 Nick Taylor finished T-9 at the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first Web.com Tour Finals event of 2014.

Author

Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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