PGA TOUR Canada just announced the 2023 PGA TOUR Canada Fortinet Cup Schedule. The CRMC Championship presented by Gertens is the last stop before players compete in the final tournament, the Fortinet Cup Championship. Only the top 5 players of the 2023 PGA TOUR Canada Fortinet Cup season long points race will receive Korn Ferry Membership in 2024.
The path to the PGA TOUR starts here. Ryan Gerard, Parker Coody, Noah Goodwin and others, who played at the 2022 CRMC Championship, earned a spot on the Korn Ferry tour and have played in PGA TOUR events in 2023.
Cragun’s Legacy Courses will be a critical stop and the crowd should be in store for a dramatic finish this Labor Day Weekend.
We hope to see all of you there for this FREE ENTRY event sponsored by Northern Pacific Center. We are also looking for volunteers and caddies. Sign up today at https://crmcchampionship.com/get-involved/.
The CRMC Championship is honored to have Gertens and Gertens Wholesale back again as our presenting sponsor.
Back in the early 1900s, Frank Gerten had a simple motto, “buy from the grower.” Over the years, Gertens has expanded their facility with high tech state-of-the-art greenhouses and their dedication to quality in their products show. Most retail customers know that Gertens has the widest selection of annuals, perennials, and nursery stock, making their garden center experiences unlike any other.
Did you know that Gertens also has a wholesale business that has everything you’ll need to get your job done? Gertens Wholesale & Professional Turf Supply has plants, hardscape, landscape, fertilizers, turf protection, grass seed and more.
For more information, visit their website at gertenswholesale.com.
Throughout the CRMC Championship week, we will be raising funds to support their cause. Please consider joining us for our Cruising for Charity event in August, silent auction and donate to their organization.
PGA TOUR Canada alum, Ryan Gerard, made his way to the Korn Ferry tour last season after finishing 5th in the Fortinet Cup race. Gerard finished 3rd at the CRMC Championship, behind Jake Knapp and Wil Bateman. He also had a hole-in-one on number 17 of the tournament course.
However, today is a big day for Gerard. He finished 4th at The Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event.
If you followed Gerard during the CRMC Championship, you likely saw the determination and discipline in his eyes. His mom joined him for a couple of rounds and shared that Gerard is focused on golf. She said that Gerard wants to get on the PGA TOUR. Gerard said, “I’d love to get on the PGA TOUR. That has always been my dream.”
From your fans in Minnesota, Congratulations Ryan Gerard! It was a pleasure to have you and best of luck.
CRMC Championship presented by Gertens
Cragun’s Legacy Courses
August 28, 2022
|Pos.||Player||Scores||Fortinet Cup Pos.|
|1||Jake Knapp (U.S.)||64-65-61-64—254 (26-under)||2|
|2||Wil Bateman (Canada)||63-65-66-62—256 (24-under)||1|
|T3||Ryan Gerard (U.S.)||65-63-65-65—258 (22-under)||3|
|T3||Conner Godsey (U.S.)||62-65-65-66—258 (22-under)||62|
|T3||Joe Highsmith (U.S.)||63-63-69-63—258 (22-under)||9|
|T3||Trent Phillips (U.S.)||68-61-62-67—258 (22-under)||15|
|T3||Thomas Walsh (U.S.)||63-64-68-63—258 (22-under)||8|
|T8||Myles Creighton (Canada)||65-68-62-64—259 (21-under)||29|
|T8||Guillaume Fanonnel (France)||65-64-67-63—259 (21-under)||63|
|T8||Alexander Herrmann (Germany)||61-62-69-67—259 (21-under)||69|
|11||Gavin Hall (U.S.)||63-64-68-65—260 (20-under)||27|
Knapp holds off Bateman to win in Minnesota
BRAINERD, Minnesota—PGA TOUR Canada’s first official event in the United States proved to be a bit of a border battle. However, in the end, the CRMC Championship presented by Gertens was settled on the course at Cragun’s Legacy Courses.
Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, California, outlasted Wil Bateman of Edmonton, Alberta, for the tournament title Sunday. In picking up his third career PGA TOUR Canada title, Knapp finished at 26-under. Bateman ended up two shots back after a back-and-forth fight for control of the lead.
“I’d say I played conservatively aggressive today,” Knapp said. “I knew I was hitting it well. So, if there were some holes where it fit me, I was taking it at the pin. But I just stayed patient all day.”
Knapp finished with six birdies in a round free of bogeys. It was a stellar run of golf for Knapp, who played his final 49 holes without a bogey. It was all good enough to fend off a serious challenge by Bateman.
“I’m somebody that likes to play really aggressive, and I’m not afraid to,” Knapp explained. “Sometimes that can get me into trouble. So, out here I just wanted to make sure I made it kind of easy and not stress myself out as much as possible.”
Driving well off the tee, the former UCLA standout added, gave him a ton of chances.
Bateman, meanwhile, quickly stormed into serious contention with birdies on six of the first seven holes. He shot an 8-under 62, with nine birdies on the final day, briefly taking the lead on No. 7. Knapp, who was playing in the group behind Bateman, pulled even with a birdie on the same hole.
Knapp took the lead back on No. 10 before Bateman birdied the 12th hole to knot up things again. Down the stretch, though, Knapp secured an advantage for good. Birdies on Nos. 13 and 15 got things started before he sealed the deal with another birdie the 18th. A bogey on the 17th hole dashed Bateman’s hopes. He birdied Nos. 16 and 18, scaring the hole with his eagle chip at the last. He said the round was both fun and emotional.
“Jake played really well all week. I think he made just two bogeys all week,” Bateman said. “He deserved it. Solo second is pretty good.”
As a consolation, Bateman retained his hold on the No. 1 spot in the Fortinet Cup standings. He’s 17 points ahead of the new No. 2 player, Knapp. Knapp earned 500 points and pocketed $36,000.
Knapp knew the rain softened the course and made it play much easier than anticipated. “It’s kind of a bummer we got so much rain, as it changed the course,” Knapp said. “It took a low number to win. A lot of the guys played very well this week to get to those kinds of scores.”
Knapp and Bateman were followed by five players at 22-under. In the group tied for third was Conner Godsey, Ryan Gerard, Joe Highsmith, Trent Phillips and Thomas Walsh. They finished one stroke ahead of eighth-place finishers Myles Creighton, Guillaume Fanonnel and Alexander Herrmann.
Did you know Jake Knapp is PGA TOUR Canada’s eighth different tournament champion this season? There has yet to be a repeat winner in 2022. Only two events remain. Knapp’s last PGA TOUR Canada victory— at the 2019 GolfBC Championship— occurred 3 years, 2 months, 12 days ago, or 1,169 days previously. But with the global pandemic, the Tour has only held 16 tournaments between Knapp’s wins.
How the top Canadians fared
Edmonton’s Wil Bateman finished second, at 24-under. Myles Creighton was the only other Canadian to post a top-10 finish among the eight players who made the cut.
|2||Wil Bateman||63-65-66-62—256 (24-under)|
|T8||Myles Creighton||65-68-62-64—259 (21-under)|
|T16||Stuart Macdonald||68-65-65-65—263 (17-under)|
|T24||Jared du Toit||65-67-68-64—264 (16-under)|
|T29||Joey Savoie||64-67-67-67—265 (15-under)|
|T48||Michael Blair||64-70-69-68—271 (9-under)|
|T52||Noah Steele||68-67-67-70—272 (8-under)|
|T56||Etienne Papineau||68-65-71-69—273 (7-under)|
Fortinet Cup Standings
(Through CRMC Championship presented by Gertens)
|1||Wil Bateman (Canada)||1,031|
|2||Jake Knapp (U.S.)||1,014|
|3||Ryan Gerard (U.S.)||722|
|4||Danny Walker (U.S.)||720|
|5||Scott Stevens (U.S.)||672|
|6||Ian Holt (U.S.)||666|
|7||Brian Carlson (U.S.)||663|
|8||Thomas Walsh (U.S.)||633|
|9||Joe Highsmith (U.S.)||604|
|10||Parker Coody (U.S.)||571|
With his third career win, Jake Knapp moved into a tie for second, with Tyler McCumber, for most PGA TOUR Canada victories. Knapp won twice in 2019 and then this week in Minnesota. McCumber won all three of his titles in 2018. The overall victories leader is 2016 Player of the Year Dan McCarthy, a four-time winner that season. In total, 11 players have won multiple titles.
|Total Wins||Player||Years Won|
|3||Jake Knapp||2019, 2022|
|2||Paul Barjon||2016, 2019|
|Max Rottluff||2016, 2017|
|Danny Walker||2018, 2022|
PGA TOUR Canada returns north of the border next week, with the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club in Kelowna, British Columbia. After that tournament, the top-60 players in the Fortinet Cup standings will compete in the season-ending Fortinet Cup Championship at Deer Ridge Golf Course in Kitchener, Ontario.
The third-round leader has now won five consecutive tournaments, the latest win coming courtesy of 54-hole leader Jake Knapp. Prior to Knapp winning, Danny Walker, Noah Goodwin, Ryan Gerard and Parker Coody all turned 54-hole advantages into PGA TOUR Canada victories.
In the first six tournaments of the 2022 season, the winner finished between 16- and 19-under par. Over the last two weeks, the winner has gone really low. A week ago, in Winnipeg, Parker Coody finished at 27-under par to win by eight strokes. Sunday, Jake Knapp birdied the 72nd hole to get to 26-under to win by two shots.
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open champion Noah Goodwin was Sunday’s biggest mover. He fired a 61 in the final round to climb up 34 positions. Goodwin was 16-under for the tournament and tied for 24th. Last week’s CentrePort Canada Rail Park Manitoba Open winner Parker Coody moved up 14 spots, finishing 12-under and in a tie for 37th. He shot a 64 Sunday.
After missing the cut last week in Winnipeg, Thomas Walsh returned to his top-five ways. He tied for third at Cragun’s Legacy Courses after tying for second at the Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Ontario Open and finishing solo second the following week, at the Quebec Open. Walsh is currently No. 9 in the Fortinet Cup standings.
Monday qualifiers Jordan Niebrugge and Devin Morley tied for 44th and 56th, respectively.
The PGA TOUR Canada record for the longest time between wins belongs to Danny Walker, with Jake Knapp’s 1,169-day stretch No. 2 on the list. Danny Walker won the 2018 Fortinet Cup Championship then picked up his second PGA TOUR Canada title, at this year’s Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates. The duration between Walker wins was 1,407 days.
After missing the cut five times on PGA TOUR Canada, former University of Alabama standout Wilson Furr made the most of his first Saturday and Sunday participation. Furr shot rounds of 63 and 68 to finish 16-under and tied for 24th. Furr made his first start on a PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour when he qualified for the 2021 U.S. Open (missed the cut). He made his Korn Ferry Tour debut earlier this year when he tied for 31st in the Huntsville Open in May.
The Cragun’s Legacy Courses have been under a $10 million renovation in partnership with Minnesota PGA TOUR Legend Tom Lehman. Lehman has designed the new course that is set to open on September 1, 2022.
This week, Thomas Lehman, Lehman’s son is playing in the CRMC Championship presented by Gertens.
Bill Israelson, another Minnesota PGA TOUR pro has been seen on the course. His son, Andrew Isrealson, is also playing in the tournament.
After yesterday’s rounds, Lehman is moving into Saturday and Sunday with after golfing -6 under on Thursday and Friday. Israelson did not make the cut.
It was a pleasure to watch these two follow in the footsteps of their fathers and pave a trail all their own in their golf careers.
The CRMC Championship presented by Gertens is honored to be a part of history with the first ever PGA TOUR Canada event to be held in the United States.
Over the last few days, PGA TOUR Canada players have been practicing for the upcoming days of tournament play at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. Professional Bryce Baker said, “Love the layout. Plays like a tour course! Great firm greens and just a cool design,” when asked what he liked most about the course.
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