What is the difference between the PGA Tour Canada and the PGA Tour of America -- which is the best of the best? Many things such as driving, being able to hit your irons flush and crisp, chipping and perhaps most importantly putting. Hence the famous quote “drive for show, putt for dough.”

Now we set our attention to the PGA Tour’s Mackenzie tour, which is also called the PGA Tour of Canada. The PGA of Canada will play host to 12 tournaments in the 2015 season. The 12 tournaments range as far west as the Uplands golf course in Victoria, BC to as far east as the Lakes golf course in Nova Scotia. Each tournament is comprised of a $175,000 purse with $31,500 going to the winner. Last season $27,000 was awarded to the champion, which was $4,500 less than this season.

The PGA tour of Canada proves to be a stepping stone for the PGA Tour of America, with numerous alumni making the leap over the years. Most notables of the PGA of Canada to make the jump include Adam Hadwin, Steve Stricker, Nick Taylor and, perhaps most notably, Mike Weir.

Currently in the 2015 season, JJ Spaun has been red hot. Spaun has played in all six events so far, winning last weekend in Thunder Bay and has made $70,263 so far. To go along with the win, Spaun has made all six cuts, finishing second once and top 10 in his remaining four starts. Spaun, 25, from Los Angeles, California, turned pro in 2012. How good has Spaun been? Through 24 rounds so far this season, he has a scoring average of 68.46 and is second on the tour with 108 birdies to go along with 17 rounds in the 60s.

Drew Weaver is second on the money list with $44,450 while the third and fourth spots are held by Canadians in Albin Choi and Kevin Spooner respectively. The top five players on the order of merit (money leaders) after 12 events will get exempted onto the Web.com tour for next season. The Web.com tour is the final step before the PGA tour and its purse is increased from $175,000 to an average of just under $700,000. At the end of the Web.com tour season the top 25 on the order of merit will get a playing card for the next season to play on the PGA Tour of America.

Will the money leaders as of July 23 stay intact and get their cards for the Web.com? Or will the second half of the season bring out some more strong competitors. Action continues on July 30, with the ATB Financial Classic played at the Links of Glen Eagles in Calgary, Alberta. 

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