Canada's rising golf stars land in London

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The next step to reaching the PGA Tour is on the line for four Canadians at the final stop of the Mackenzie Tour in London from Sept. 13-16.

Riley Wheeldon, Michael Gligic, Taylor Pendrith and Jared du Toit are among the top 60 golfers on the tour’s Order of Merit Opens a new website in a new window that are teeing off at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship at the Highland Country Club.

The golfers are competing for Web.Com Tour status – one step away from reaching the PGA Tour.

The Mackenzie Tour is Canada’s only professional golf tour and is a stepping stone for players from all over the world who dream of reaching the PGA Tour.

Recent Canadian PGA Tour winner and Team Freedom member Mackenzie Hughes played this event in 2015. Austin Connelly, who recently finished 14th at the British Open, played here just last year. In total, 12 past Mackenzie Tour players have gone on to earn PGA Tour status since 2013, with four – Hughes, Nick Taylor, Tony Finau and Aaron Wise – going on to win a PGA Tour event.

Admission to the event is free, but monetary donations to Childcan Opens a new website in a new window will be accepted at the door. 98.1 FM is this year’s ticket sponsor.

Canadian player of the year handed out

The top Canadian on the tour will be presented with the Dan Halldorson trophy and a $25,000 prize at the end of the tournament as the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year.

We’ll also be awarding the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week with $2,500, as we do after every stop of the tour, as part of our ongoing efforts to help support Canadian players on the tour.

Earn a chance to shoot for $1 million

Take part in “closest to the pin” competitions at golf courses around London to earn the opportunity to shoot for $1 million at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship.

For your chance to qualify, take your shot at any of the following clubs:

Aug. 22 Thames Valley Golf Club

1-5 p.m.

Aug. 25 Tin Cup Driving range

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Winners from each course qualifier will be invited to Highland Country Club on Sept. 15, during the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, to compete for a chance to:

  • Win a European cruise
  • Qualify for a shot at $1 million (to be shared with Childcan)

Visit the website Opens a new website in a new window for full contest details and locations.

Volunteers needed

Volunteer positions are still available and give you an all-access golf experience at this top pro tour. No golf experience? No problem. You’ll receive training so you’ll know exactly what to do. Learn more Opens a new website in a new window.

Supporting Canadian communities

The Mackenzie Tour is committed to supporting the communities that host our tournaments. Since 2013, the Mackenzie Tour has raised over $2 million for charities across Canada.

The beneficiary of this year’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship is Childcan Opens a new website in a new window. It’s a local organization dedicated to helping families facing the journey of childhood cancer.

The information provided is based on current laws, regulations and other rules applicable to Canadian residents. It is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of the date of publication. Rules and their interpretation may change, affecting the accuracy of the information. The information provided is general in nature, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for advice in any specific situation. For specific situations, advice should be obtained from the appropriate legal, accounting, tax or other professional advisors.

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