COURTENAY, Canada – Arkansas senior Taylor Moore posted a final round 3-under 69 Friday afternoon to finish T-9th and earn his card at the Mackenzie Tour PGA Canada Qualifying Tournament at Crown Isle Resort.
With the top 16 players earning their card in the field of 132 individuals, Moore needed a birdie on the 72nd hole of the championship to secure his spot. On the par four 18th hole, the Razorback senior found the bunker off the tee, but fired an 8-iron from 170 yards and left himself 30 feet for birdie. He drained the putt to post rounds of 73-69-72-69 – 283 (-5) and record a top 10 finish. The Edmund, Oklahoma native went bogey free on the final 16 holes of the tournament and posted birdies coming in.
“I’m excited to have some status on a pro tour to start out my professional career and I’ll look to build off this experience,” Moore said. “I’m ready to get back with my team and looking forward to a great week in Wisconsin at Regionals.”
The Mackenzie Tour PGA Canada features 12 regular season events, capped by the Freedom 55 Financial Championship Sept. 15-18 at Highland Country Club in London, Ontario.
With his status locked up in Canada, Moore will now turn his attention to NCAA Regionals as Arkansas travels to Kohler, Wisconsin May 16-18, looking to advance to the program’s third NCAA Championship in the last four years.
Moore is two days removed from earning All-SEC honors, making him the sixth player in program history to land on the All-SEC team in three different seasons after being named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2013, followed by second team honors in 2015 and 2016. He is one of five players in the league to earn All-SEC honors three times in the last four years.
He led Arkansas to a spring head-to-head record of 71-23-3, including top five finishes in seven of the last nine tournaments and a T-3rd place showing at the SEC Championship. He captured the individual title at the All-American Intercollegiate and leads the team with a 71.4 stroke average in 32 rounds on the year.
Moore has four top five finishes this year and had a stretch where he posted seven straight rounds under par and finished first, second and third in consecutive tournaments. He recorded a T-5th place finish at the 2016 SEC Championship, giving him back-to-back top 10 finishes at the event and making him the third Razorback in the last 20 years to accomplish the feat.
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