Yaun’s Win Punches Ticket to PGA Tour Canada
While he still has much to play for during the remainder of his senior year, Liberty’s Jonathan Yaun has already secured a start to his professional career.
Yaun closed out a convincing five-stroke win at the second PGA Tour Canada Qualifying Tournament earlier today at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.
With the victory, Yaun has secured full-season status on the PGA Tour Canada for the upcoming 2023 season.
High winds drove scores up during the fourth and final round of the PGA Tour Canada qualifying event, with only nine players posting a score in red figures.
Yaun offset three final-round bogeys with three birdies to close the event with an even-par 72 and an overall winning score of 12-under par 276 (66-68-70-72). During the four-day, 72-hole event, Yaun carded 19 birdies and an eagle.
The nine players directly following Yaun on this qualifying event’s leaderboard secured exempt status on the tour during the first half of the 2023 season.
Included in the nine-player group behind Yaun were his final round playing partners – Korn Ferry Tour winner Brian Richey and Florida State graduate John Pak, winner of the NCAA’s top collegiate golf awards in 2021 (Haskins Award, Ben Hogan Award and the Jack Nicklaus Award).
Pak, the leader heading into the final round, closed with a 4-over par 76 to finish in a share of second place with a 7-under par 281 (68-66-71-76).
Richey carded a closing round 2-over par 74 to finish tied for seventh place with a final score of 3-under par 285 (68-69-74-74).
During his 2022-23 senior season with the Flames, Yaun has posted a 71.52 season stroke average. The native of Minneola, Fla., has posted five top-20 finishes in seven events, including his second collegiate medalist honors with a playoff win at the Folds of Honor Collegiate (Sept. 26-28 – American Dunes Golf Club; Grand Haven, Mich.).
Following the conclusion of his collegiate playing career with Liberty, which has already included three trips to the NCAA National Championship, Yaun will join fellow Flame Kieran Vincent on the PGA Tour Canada. The 2023 schedule will begin in June.
During his rookie season on the PGA Tour Canada, Vincent made the cut in nine of the 10 events he started. He posted one top-10 finish and ended the year No. 36 in the Fortinet Cup rankings.