ZIMBABWEAN professional golfer Nyasha Mauchaza took another positive step towards achieving his goal of playing on the money-spinning US PGA Tour after qualifying for the RBC Canadian Open, which will be played at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, from July 26-29.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The 30 year-old rising star, who is based in Port St Lucie, Florida, posted a six-under 66 to claim medallist honours at the tournament’s regional qualifying event at Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ontario, to earn a direct exemption into his first RBC Canadian Open.
Mauchaza, who began the day on the 10th hole, opened with a four-under 32 on the back-nine before finishing the round with three birdies in a row to secure his victory atop the leaderboard.
The former Wingate Park Golf Club junior was delighted after securing his second qualification on the US PGA Tour in seven months.
“In my preparation, I just tried my best to get the shots I needed,” said Mauchaza told Golf Canada after his brilliant round.
“Reflecting on the positives and the negatives, I’m just really delighted with the way I played.”
The Zimbabwean golfer finished two strokes ahead of Canadian Matt Hill and amateur Bennett Ruby of Waterloo, who finished in a tie for second in the field of 144 hopefuls.
Mauchaza’s last qualification on the US PGA Tour came during last year’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi, where he went on to miss the cut in the tournament proper after carding 72 and 73 in the first two rounds.
The former St George’s College student and Towson University graduate made his first appearance on the US PGA Tour at the 2011 Wyndham Championship.