Jared du Toit
(July 24, 2016) -- In a few hours 21-year-old Jared du Toit
will have a chance to make golfing history at the RBC Canadian Open
so lets take a few minutes to get to know him a little bit better. With one round remaining du Toit, playing in his first PGA Tour event, is 8-under and one-stroke behind Brandt Snedeker.
For starters du Toit is a senior at Arizona State and he resides from Kimberley, British Columbia. Du Toit is currently a member of the Canadian National team and the top-ranked Canadian according to the world amateur golf rankings.
However, he didn't begin his college career in the deserts of the great southwest. After completing high school at Selkirk Secondary School, du Toit attend the University of Idaho where he hand two successful seasons. During his freshman year with the Vandals, du Toit tallied three top-10 finishes, which helped him earn All-WAC first team and Freshman of the Year honors. The strong play continued during his sophomore year as du Toit picked up three first-place finishes including a win at the Big Sky Conference Championship.
Following his Big Sky Conference title in 2015 du Toit transferred to Arizona State for his junior season where he was teammates with now professional golfer Jon Rahm. After the second round du Toit was tied for third with Rahm at 6-under and said of his former teammate, "I'm playing out of my mind and I still can't beat him. That is school and last semester just in a nut shell right there"
The step up in competition didn't phase the 2015 British Columbia Amateur winner who picked up four top-10 finishes, including a season best tied for fifth at the Albuquerque Regional.
Du Toit has already had a successful summer on the amateur circuit with a win at the Glencoe Invitational, a T3 at the Monroe Invitational and a T8 last week at the Trans-Mississippi Championship.
For now this is some of what we know about Jared du Toit, if he wins today and makes PGA Tour history then we will get to know him a whole lot more.
Du Toit will begin his final round at 1:35 p.m. in the final group playing alongside Brandt Snedeker.