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THE INTERNATIONAL PGA TOURS

Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada By Robert Thompson Adam Long recalls his time on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada well, even if it was five years ago. Long, who won the Desert Classic this spring for his first win on the PGA TOUR, says the time he spent playing in Canada helped prepare him to move forward for the Web.com Tour. “You learn so much playing [in Canada],” he said from The Honda Classic. “You learn how to play competitive tour golf, how to travel, how to look after yourself—it really prepares you for what life out on tour is like.” Long is the latest in a series of players to use the Mackenzie Tour as a stepping-stone to the PGA TOUR. In recent years Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and stars like Tony Finau, Aaron Wise and several others have followed suit. Canadian Corey Conners, from Listowel, Ont., is the latest to make the jump, after winning the Valero Texas Open. This year’s schedule starts in May in Vancouver, finishing with the no-cut Canada Life Championship in London, Ont., in midSeptember. In between, the Tour takes in stops throughout Canada, including the new HFX Pro-Am in Halifax in July, which will be held at Oakfield Golf and Country Club, with Sports and Entertainment Atlantic as the host organization. The goal of the Tour remains the same— introducing the best young professionals to the world of tournament golf, as well as giving them the opportunity to move ahead with their professional career, says Scott Pritchard, Mackenzie Tour’s vice-president. Pritchard points to the Tour’s qualifying schools—which have sold out in minutes—as proof of the Tour’s success and the way it is connecting with emerging players from American colleges and the best European players. “The proof, I feel, is coming from the players using the Tour to move to the Web. com Tour, but also the players have success beyond that,” says Pritchard. For Long, he fondly reflects on the year he played in Canada, and how it affected his career going forward. “It is a fantastic Tour and it prepares you for what follows it,” he says. “For a lot of young guys, you’re learning to book your own schedule and plan your time, as well as how you prepare. Having a tour like the Mackenzie Tour is really important to the professional game and keeps getting stronger and stronger.” ■ W W W.PGATOUR.COM

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Desert Classic winner Adam Long credits his stint on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada with helping him learn the ropes as a professional.

PGA TOUR standout Tony Finau is one of the golfers who developed his skills on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada.

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