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Who will be this year’s breakout star at the Canada Life Championship?

July 29, 2019

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With the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada in full swing, it’s never too early to look ahead to the most exciting event of the season.

The Canada Life ChampionshipOpens a new website in a new window    - Opens in a new window returns to the Highland Country Club in London, Ont. for the fifth consecutive year from September 9-15.

Formerly known as the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, the final 2019 stop on the Mackenzie Tour sees the top 60 players compete for the tournament title. It’s also the last opportunity for players to finish in the top 10 on the Order of Merit, which would earn them a spot on the Korn Ferry Tour and ultimately put them one step closer to realizing their dreams of making it to the PGA TOUR.

The final tournament of the season is significant for Canadians as well. The Canada Life Canadian Player of the Year award will be given to the Canadian who finishes highest on the Order of Merit. That player will lift the Dan Halldorson Trophy following the event and will be given a $25,000 bonus to aid them on their path to the PGA TOUR.

Last season, Michael Gligic from Burlington, Ont., claimed the award at Highland thanks to a 16th-place finish on the Order of Merit. However, Gligic will be playing elsewhere this September.

Gligic, who played 52-career Mackenzie Tour tournaments, will be prepping for his rookie season on the PGA TOUR.

Using his performance at the Canada Life Championship as a launching pad to the Korn Ferry Tour, Gligic won the Panama Championship in February and recently secured his 2019-2020 PGA TOUR card thanks to a T10 finish at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lake in July.

“It’s pretty crazy that just last September I was playing in London and at the same time this year I’ll be getting ready for the PGA TOUR,” said Gligic. “There are just so many great Canadians still playing, too. Whoever wins the Canada Life Canadian Player of the Year award this year has a great shot at reaching the PGA TOUR, too.”

Gligic shot 64 twice during the 2018 Canada Life Championship, the last time we saw him on the Mackenzie Tour.

“The Mackenzie Tour taught me everything I needed to know about being a professional,” added the 29-year old. “The talent on the Tour is unbelievable, you have to play so well in order to win, and it really helped me get to where I am today.”

The Canada Life Championship is a great opportunity for fans to watch golf’s future stars. Players like Mackenzie Hughes and Adam Svensson, who are now fixtures on the PGA TOUR, honed their craft on the Mackenzie Tour and participated in the championship event.

In addition to the exciting golf action, the Canada Life Championship is also about giving back to the community. The tournament supports ChildcanOpens a new website in a new window    - Opens in a new window , an organization in London that helps families who have children diagnosed with cancer.

The Mackenzie Tour is not only about delivering world-class golf events, as its primary focus is to support the communities where it plays. In 2018, Mackenzie Tour tournaments raised over $1 million for various charities throughout the country for the third-consecutive season.

Don’t miss any of the exciting action when the best the Mackenzie Tour has to offer competes for the Canada Life Championship this September.

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