Four Canadians still in hunt at PGA Q-School

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:45 PM ET

Stuart Anderson is a bit of a golfing gypsy.

He was born in Calgary, spent significant chunks of time in a couple of other Alberta communities — Fort McMurray and Strathmore — and currently collects his mail in Sooke, B.C.

At the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School, his hometown is listed as Victoria.

No matter. Anderson, 33, needs to make another move in Monday’s last loop at the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West Resort in La Quinta, Calif.

The top 25 finishers, plus ties, will earn full-time playing privileges on the top circuit next season, while the others will settle for some level of status on the second-tier Nationwide Tour.

After registering a 1-over 73 in Sunday’s fifth lap, Anderson enters the sixth and final round at 3-under 357, good for a share of 53rd spot.

Marco Dawson of Coral Springs, Fla., leads at 17-under 343, while the current cut-off to secure an all-access PGA Tour pass for 2012 is 7-under 353.

Anderson isn’t the only golfer from the Great White North still in contention for a promotion to the PGA Tour.

Of the eight Canucks still swinging at the final stage, four have a realistic shot to climb into the top-25.

Calgary’s Ryan Yip posted a 1-over 73 in Sunday’s action for a five-day total of 4-under, while Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., shrugged off a forgettable fourth round to card a 1-under 71 and now owns a total tab of 3-under.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., fired some impressive numbers in PGA Tour events this season, including the 2011 RBC Canadian Open, and he’ll need another birdie barrage in Monday’s finale at PGA West. Hadwin made three bogeys over his final four holes in Sunday’s fifth round for a 3-over 75 and is now even-par for the event.

Calgary’s James Love, Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., Mitchell Gillis of Williams Lake, B.C., and Vancouver’s Richard T. Lee are likely too far back to be factors for a PGA Tour card but could improve their pecking order on the Nationwide Tour with a red number in Monday’s final round.

The top contenders all teed off on PGA West’s TPC Stadium Course for Sunday’s fifth round and will finish their week on the Nicklaus Tournament Course.


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