Pendrith has record-breaking weekend, now sits at No. 2 on Order of Merit

Taylor Pendrith has moved from No. 4 to No. 2 on the Mackenzie Tour rankings (Order of Merit) after winning the Mackenzie Investments Open in Montréal on Sunday.

Pendrith shot the new course record with a 62 on Friday and matched that score on Saturday. He also added a 69 on Thursday and a 67 to close it up on Sunday.

The 28-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., shot the lowest score in Mackenzie Tour history with a 28-under par and matched the largest winning margin in Mackenzie Tour history with an 8-stroke victory.

This is the second time this season that Pendrith has set a course record with a 62. He did it earlier this year in Edmonton to win the 1932byBateman Open.

Pendrith’s win on Sunday moved his total earnings this season (how the Order of Merit is ranked) from $84,259 to $120,259. He’s now just $5,479 off of Paul Barjon who sits in first and just $639 ahead of Jake Knapp in third. All three have won two events on tour this season.

While a top five finish on the Order of Merit grants players Korn Ferry Tour status for the following season, it’s only conditional. However, the first-place finisher on the Order of Merit will get full status on the Korn Ferry Tour.

With only $6,118 separating the top three this season, it’s a tight race to finish first heading into the season-ending Canada Life Championship.

At this time last season, Tyler McCumber had already locked up the No. 1 spot on the Order of Merit by winning three Mackenzie Tour events.

After his fantastic season on the Mackenzie Tour in 2018, McCumber played on the Korn Ferry Tour this year where he finished No. 24, granting him a PGA Tour card for next year.

McCumber isn’t the only one who’s made it to the PGA Tour after starting out on the Mackenzie Tour.

Notable Mackenzie Tour alumni include Canadians Corey Conners, Nick Taylor, Mackenzie Hughes and Americans Aaron Wise, Adam Long and Tony Finau. All six players re-earned their PGA Tour cards this year for the 2019-20 season.

Both Hughes and Conners also played with Pendrith at Kent State University.

If Pendrith wins the Order of Merit this year it will also mark the first time a Canadian has won the Mackenzie Tour since 2013, when Hughes won it.

The Mackenzie Tour season-ending event will start Thursday at the Highland Country Club in London, Ont.

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