Jordan Krantz of Vermillion Bay, ON, carded a final round 66 at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Resort on April 19 to claim medalist honours and lead all 43 players who earned status at PGA Tour Canada’s Florida Qualifying Tournament.
Six Canadians were among those who now own cards for the tour’s 2014 season, which kicks off May 26 to June 1 at the PC Financial Open in Vancouver.
Krantz, a two-time Manitoba Amateur champion who last played on PGA Tour Canada in 2010 at The Players Cup, was the only player finish under par for the week, taking top spot by two strokes over American Ryan Brehm.
Krantz, who started the day T6, began the final round in shaky fashion by carding a double bogey on his second hole. But seven birdies and an eagle at the par-5 18th, which capped a back nine score of 30, gave him his final round 66, which as the best round of the week.
The champ's 66 was one better than Paul Cormack of Scotland, who went bogey-free over his final 29 holes and fired a 5-under 67 for the second-best round of the event.
Six Canadians earn status for 2014
Joining Krantz in earning tour spots at the qualifier were Toronto native Christian Westhorpe, Chris Ross of Dundas, ON, David Byrne of Essex, ON, Mark Hoffman of Thornhill, ON and Peter Campbell of Baddeck, NS.
Those six and Hamilton’s Justin Kim, who earned conditional status at PGA Tour Canada’s California Qualifying Tournament, are the Canadians who can play the tour 2014.