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    Three Canadians in the field this week at the Hoag Classic (PGA Tour Champions) in Newport Beach, California: Stephen Ames, Kevin Baker and David Morland IV.

    David qualified through the Monday Qualifier. Only the first nine holes counted because players had to flee the course due to a wildfire.

    Leaderboard: https://www.pgatour.com/champions/leaderboard.html
    Last edited by sjmcampbell; Mar 5, 2020, 09:18 AM.

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    David Morland IV is leading by 2 after a first round 61.

    Stephen and Kevin are T26 at -1.

    Morland had five birdies on each nine, closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He was a stroke off the course record set by Tom Purtzer in 2004 and matched by Nick Price in 2011 and Duffy Waldorf in 2015.

    "I've been playing well for a few months now," Morland said. "Finished second in the Jamaican Open in December and then I finished second at the Q-school for the European Senior Tour, so I've got full status over there this year, and finished third and first at the other two tournaments over there. Naples, I lost in a playoff to get in, and then, obviously, got in this week and just making the most of it."

    He qualified for the event Monday at Goose Creek in a fire-shortened round, with ties broken by matching scorecards.

    "It's the craziest thing," Morland said. "I've got video. We were on the 18th hole, I think I was 3 under for the day and the chopper was picking up water right in front of us and dropping it on the fire. The flames looked about 20 to 30 feet and they said you've got to evacuate the property. So we were sending our scorecards in by picture because they wouldn't let us back on the property."
    Leaderboard: https://www.pgatour.com/champions/leaderboard.html


    • #3
      David Morland IV ended up shooting 61-70-71 to finish T7. This might be good enough to get him into the next tournament - I think they give an exemption to one Top 10 player and all the guys ahead of him look like big names who should already be eligible.

      He gets $61,200 for his finish and is 45th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. I don't think he has any priority for future events beyond what he can work his way into by qualifying. He does have priority on the Euro Senior Tour once it starts up in May.
      Last edited by sjmcampbell; Mar 11, 2020, 10:11 AM.



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