BADDECK, NS, Canada - Dan McCarthy from Syracuse, NY and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, wins for the 4th time this year on the Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada. Dan carded rounds of 65-69-68-68 for a 18 under par total of 270 and a 3 shot win at the Cape Breton Open at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, NS, Canada.
With this win, Dan becomes the first player to win 4 times in a single season in the PGA Tour era on the Mackenzie Tour. He also is the first player to surpass $100,000 in a single season.
Dan entered the final round tied for the lead with two other players at -14. It was tight all day until Dan birdied 15, 16, and 17. He parred the 18th hole to secure a 3 shot win.
With only 2 events remaining on the schedule, this win locks up 2nd place on the Order of Merit which means Dan will graduate to the Web.com Tour in 2017. The only way McCarthy cannot finish atop the Order of Merit now would be for Taylor Moore to win the final two events and McCarthy to earn less than $6,512 in the remaining two events of the season. If he can finish the season a top the Order of Merit he will earn full status and be able to pick his own schedule next year.
Below is Dan holing out for par on 18 and securing the 3 shot victory.
In a phone interview after Dan's 3rd Mackenzie PGA Tour victory in July, Dan said "The Minor League Golf Tour has taught me a lot about myself and my game and how to close out tournaments coming down the last few holes." Dan has won 46 times on the MLGT amassing $137,029 in earnings since 2007. Forty of Dan's forty six MLGT victories were 1 day events. Dan also has 47 second place finishes on the MLGT. He said he has learned a lot about his game from being in contention so many times.
In 2015, the Minor League Golf Tour ran 113 tournaments, 103 of which were one round tournaments. And that's not by accident. Jay Slazinski founded the MLGT in 2004 with a distinct vision that he thought would help the players. And that was to get them to feel what it's like to be in contention on the back nine as often as possible. If a player picks a schedule of 10-20 three and four day events throughout the year, he/she might get into contention on the back nine of the final round once or twice the entire year. If that same player played 6-10 one day tournaments each month throughout the year he/she is likely to be in contention much more often and learn what it's like and learn from every success and failure.
Congratulations Dan on a record breaking season on the Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada. The Minor League Golf Tour couldn't be more happy for you and is looking forward to watching you compete on the 2017 Web.com Tour!