Four rounds later, the top four pros representing each bracket are headed to the semi-final matches of the PGA Championship of Canada at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
Third seed Danny King of The Performance Academy at Magna carried a lead throughout the round against Alberta favorite Brett Burgeson, of Country Hills Golf Club. Burgeson bogeyed the short par four 15th, while King made par on holes 16 and 17 to win the match 2 and 1.
“It was another grueling test today against Brett, a guy who you have to go out and beat because he never makes any mistakes,” said King, the 2005 and 2006 Canadian PGA Club Professional Champion.
“Everyday I’ve been checking out the past champion signs of Knudson, Panasik, Trevino and Palmer and I would love to win again (Saturday) morning to have a shot at adding my name to it,” he added.
King wins the Moe Norman bracket and goes on to play 23rd seed Vincent Dumouchel, of Vercheres, Que., who won the George Knudson bracket in the only match to go to 18 holes against fellow Quebecer Dave Levesque of the Summerlea Club.
Brian McCann of The Academy at BraeBen continued on a winning streak, beating fellow Ontario competitor Bill Walsh of The Golf Lab.
McCann started his second round of the day four under par on the front nine. Walsh then recorded birdies on 14 and 15, but it was not enough to catch McCann who won the Al Balding bracket.
“I’m having a blast. The Canadian PGA has done a brilliant job for us this week,” said McCann, a former Nationwide Tour player. “Winning the Canadian PGA Assistant’s Championship last year in Victoria gave me a lot of confidence and I think it’s still helping me this year as well.”
Dean Brown of the Royal Regina Club knocked out Chris Barber of The Landings Golf Course and Teaching Centre (Ont.) 3 & 1. The winner of the Stan Leonard bracket will be matched up with McCann in Saturday’s semi-final.
The semi final matches begin at 7:30 am with the match between Brown (Sask.) and McCann (Ont.); while Dumouchel and King will tee off at 7:45am.
With Levesque bowing out, King is on track to secure the No. 1 position on the Canadian PGA player rankings should he win in the final on Saturday.
The final match for the P.D. Ross Trophy is set for 1:30 p.m., while the third-place match will take place at 1:15.p.m.
Round 4 Match Results From Friday:
Dean Brown (Royal Regina) def. Chris Barber (Landing Golf Course and Teaching Centre) 3 & 1
Brian McCann (The Academy at BraeBen) def. Bill Walsh (The Golf Lab) 2 & 1
Dave Levesque (Summerlea Club) def. Vincent Dumouchel (Vercheres Inc.) 1 up
Danny King (The Performance Academy at Magna) def. Brett Burgeson (Country Hills) 2 & 1
For information on earlier matches Friday, see the Canadian PGA website by clicking here.