PGA TOUR CANADA - SIGA Dakota Dunes Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 5th
SITE: Dakota Dunes Golf Links, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
COURSE ARCHITECT: Graham Cooke and Wayne Carleton (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,301
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 424 Yds10 - Par 5 623 Yds
2 - Par 5 516 Yds11 - Par 3 211 Yds
3 - Par 3 234 Yds12 - Par 4 438 Yds
4 - Par 4 484 Yds13 - Par 4 383 Yds
5 - Par 4 410 Yds14 - Par 4 450 Yds
6 - Par 3 176 Yds15 - Par 3 176 Yds
7 - Par 5 546 Yds16 - Par 5 603 Yds
8 - Par 4 457 Yds17 - Par 3 204 Yds
9 - Par 4 396 Yds18 - Par 5 570 Yds
36 3,643 Yds36 3,658 Yds
Annual:  8th on current PGA Tour Canada (68th overall)
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Matt Harmon (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  William Kropp
Tournament Record:  263 (Will Wilcox, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Will Wilcox, 2010; Nick Taylor, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Brady Stockton, 2010; Nick Taylor, 2013)
Course Record:  61 (Cody Slover, 2010)
Total Purse:  $175,000 (Canadian)
Shares:  1st Place - $31,500; 2nd Place - $20,000; 3rd Place - $12,000
2014 Finish
Matt Harmon264Brady Schnell271
William Kropp267Ted Brown272
Robert S. Karlsson268Riley Fleming272
Erik Barnes269Chris Williams272
Matt Marshall270Two players at273
Past SIGA Dakota Dunes Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Matt Harmon (264) -- William Kropp
2013Wil Collins (267) -- Ryan Yip, John Ellis, Nick Taylor
2012*Matt Hill (269) -- Will Strickler
2011Joe Panzeri (273) -- Hugo Leon
2010Will Wilcox (263) -- Brady Stockton
2009Andres Gonzales (274) -- Scott Gibson, Hugo Leon
2008Josh Geary (271) -- George Bradford
2007Not Held
2006Not Held
2005Not Held
2004Not Held
2003Not Held
2002Not Held
2001Not Held
2000Not Held
1999Not Held
1998Not Held
1997Not Held
1996Not Held
1995Not Held
1994Not Held
1993Not Held
1992Not Held
1991Not Held
1990Not Held
1989Not Held
1988Not Held
1987Not Held
1986Not Held
1985Not Held
1984Brian French (NA) -- Brian Bamford
1983Darryl McDonald (213) -- Jeff Krummell
1982Not Held
1981Cec Ferguson (204) -- Jim Rutledge
1980*Jerry Anderson (214) -- Scott Knapp
1979Jerry Anderson (208) -- Bob Beauchemin, Jim Rutledge
1978Roger Klatt (211) -- Cec Ferguson
1977*Dan Halldorson (207) -- Gar Hamilton
1976Dan Talbot (204) -- Beau Baugh, Tom Irwin
1975Greg Pidlaski (211) -- Bob Panasiuk
1974Bob Panasiuk (203) -- Rick Sprouse
1973Leo Bradshaw (209) -- Gary Bowerman
1972Terry Kendall (206) -- Greg McHalton
1971*Tom McGinnis (142) -- Kim Rutterbaugh
1970Brian Bamford (138) -- Jim Scissons
1969Bobby Cox (208) -- Wilf Homenuik, Moe Norman
1968*Moe Norman (208) -- Len Harvey
1967Len Harvey (218) -- Jim Scissons
1966Frank Fowler (205) -- Jim Scissons
1965S.Homenuik (207) -- Ed Ross, Gabe Sebastian, Bob Wylie
1964Dave Berg (NA) -- Jim Scissons
1963Moe Norman (210) --- Henry Martell
1962Bob Wylie (209) -- Wilf Homenuik
1961Jimmy Doyle (212) -- Henry Martell
1960Buddy Loftus (209) -- Danny Stack
1959Len Collett (217) -- Eddie Schwartz, Danny Stack
1958Douglas Silverberg (215) -- Vern Mohs
1957Henry Martell (208) -- Harold Eidsvig
1956Henry Martell (218) -- Danny Stack
1955Stan Leonard (132) -- Pat Fletcher, Harold Eidsvig
1954Gordon Beattle (154) -- Pat Fletcher
1953Henry Martell (206) -- Bud Loftus
1952Henry Martell (208) -- Pat Fletcher
1951Pat Fletcher (209) -- Harold West
1950Stan Leonard (212) -- Pat Fletcher
1949Tommy Ross (NA) -- Pat Fletcher
1948Pat Fletcher (139) -- Henry Martell
1947Pat Fletcher (140) -- Pat Fletcher
1946W.Greenwood (143) -- Gordon Beattle
1945Not Held
1944Not Held
1943Not Held
1942Not Held
1941*W.Greenwood (148) -- Tom Ross
1940*W.Greenwood (146) -- Tom Ross
1939K.Zabowski (286) -- Tom Ross
1938Tom Ross (148) -- W.Greenwood, K.Zabowski
1937W.Greenwood (144) -- Tom Ross
1936W.Greenwood (143) -- H.Fletcher
1935H.Fletcher (149) -- J.T.Cuthbert
1934Tom Ross (152) -- J.T.Cuthbert
1933*Dr. G.B.Bigelow (150) -- Tom Ross
1932J.Land (148) -- H.Fletcher
1931J.T.Cuthberg (151) -- H.Shaw
1930H.Clarke (146) -- Tom Ross
1929E.Bannister (149) -- J.Land
1928Tom Ross (141) -- J.Rimmer, T.McGrath
1927F.C.Fletcher (141) -- J.T.Cuthberg
1926J.Land (146) -- G.Daniel
1925W.Kidd (156) -- W.Goodwin
1924Not Held
1923D.Sutherland (147) -- J.Land
1922D.Sutherland (156) -- J.T.Cuthbert
1921J.Walton (152) -- H.A.Bruce
1920George Ayton (143) -- H.A.Bruce
1919A.A.Weir (161) -- H.A. Bruce

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Saskatchewan Open, Dakota Dunes Casino Open,
Dakota Dunes Open.

Top Contenders in the Field
William Kropp---------2nd
Benjamin Silverman---------T-10
John EllisT-36---T-2T-30
Ricky McDonald---------T-63
Jason Millard---------mc
Sam Ryder---------mc
Albin Choi------mc---
Talor Gooch------------
Kevin Spooner------------
Drew Weaver------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Sam Ryder
Darkhorse - Riley Fleming
Last Week's Pick to Win (John Ellis) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Cory Renfrew) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The PGA Tour Canada travels to Saskatchewan this week for the Dakota
Dunes Open in Saskatoon. The three tournament winners from this season are in the field - Albin Choi, Kevin Spooner and Drew Weaver.

Choi leads the money list with $37,310 in earnings. He won the Bayview Place Island Savings Open. Spooner won last week at the Syncrude Boreal Open. He finished ninth at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open in his only other start this year. Weaver won the season-opening PC Financial Open.

This tournament was previously held from 1919 to 1984 before resuming in 2008. Past winners include former Canadian players Dan Halldorson, Bob Panasiuk, Moe Norman, Pat Fletcher and Stan Leonard.

The tournament will be played at Dakota Dunes Golf Links, which was designed by Graham Cooke and Wayne Carleton and opened for play in 2004. Dakota Dunes has natural sand dune formations, with undulating fairways and large greens. Dakota Dunes was recognized by Golf Digest in 2005 as Canada's best new golf course. At over 7,300 yards, Dakota Dunes is the longest course PGA Tour Canada players will face all season. The course includes several risk-reward opportunities, including two reachable par-5s in the last three holes.

Prior to this event resuming in 2008, the last full-field tournament held in Saskatchewan was in 1992, when there were two events in the province. Lee Chill captured the Willows Classic in Saskatoon in a playoff over former United States Ryder Cup team member Chris DiMarco. Also, Kip Byrne won the CPGA Championship in Regina.

Last year, Matt Harmon closed with rounds of 63-66 on the weekend and cruised to a 3-stroke win over William Kropp. Harmon finished his first PGA Tour Canada win at 24-under-par 264. He missed the tournament's scoring record by one stroke.

In 2013, Wil Collins fired rounds of 66-65-70-66 and secured a 1-stroke victory over Ryan Yip, John Ellis and Nick Taylor. Collins began the final round four shots off the lead and used a run of five straight birdies from No. 7 to move into contention. Entering the final hole, the 34-year-old American was tied with playing partner Ellis, who bogeyed the last to drop into a share of second place. Collins parred to finish at 21-under-par 267 and then locked up his first win on the PGA Tour Canada when third-round leader Nick Taylor's 35-foot birdie bid at the last failed to drop.

The 6-under cut line in 2013 tied a PGA Tour Canada record, matching the lowest cut line since the 2008 ATB Financial Classic.

Joe Panzeri shot rounds of 66-68-69-70 in 2011 to earn his first PGA Tour Canada victory. Panzeri finished at 15-under 273 for a 1-stroke victory over Hugo Leon.

In 2010, Will Wilcox fired rounds of 68-65-64-66 to hold off Brady Stockton and win. Wilcox finished at 25-under-par 263 to shatter the tournament scoring record. Josh Geary owned the old mark of 271, which he posted in 2008.

Andres Gonzales eagled the 18th hole in the final round and shot a 9-under 63 to win by one shot over Scott Gibson and Hugo Leon in 2009. Gonzales finished at 14-under 274 for his first PGA Tour Canada victory.

The PGA Tour Canada heads to Winnipeg, Manitoba, next week for the Players Cup, where Timothy Madigan captured the 2014 title.

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As of June 30, 2015, at 05:49 PM ET
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