Charlie Danielson

Charlie Danielson of Osceola earned conditional status Friday on the 2019 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada.

After a lost year in which knee pain and subsequent surgery limited him to a couple minitour events, Charlie Danielson of Osceola took another step on the comeback trail Friday.

Danielson, 25, a four-time all-American at the University of Illinois and the Big Ten Conference player of the year in 2016, earned conditional status on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada after tying for 14th place in the fourth of six qualifying tournaments in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

But Danielson wasn’t overjoyed, for a couple reasons.

One, he wasn’t granted a medical extension after missing all of 2018. “No exceptions (on PGA Tour Canada),” he wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. And two, he had a chance to be fully exempt for the first six events on the 2019 schedule, but lost a four-for-one playoff for the final spot.

He had to play off because only the top 14 — no ties — are fully exempt. That means Danielson, who finished 21st on the Order of Merit in 2017, will have conditional status.

Starting on the 10th hole in the final round, he parred the first seven holes at Wigwam Golf Club and then ran off three consecutive birdies on Nos. 17, 18 and 1. At that point, he was at 6-under for the tournament and in the top 10. But he gave all three strokes back with bogeys on Nos. 4, 7 and 9.

“I played solid golf all week and just let it slip on the back nine,” Danielson wrote.

He finished at even-par 72 for the round and 3-under 285 for the tournament.

Jake Knapp won the qualifier at 16-under 272. Will Zalatoris finished second, two strokes back, and Jamie Sadlowski was third at 276.

Kyle Driscoll of Pewaukee, a former University of Northern Iowa golfer, shot a final-round 72 and finished at 1-under 287, good for a tie for 24th. He also earned conditional status (top 40 plus ties).

"My mindset was to just play easy golf in the final round," Driscoll, who turned 26 Friday, wrote in a text message after a round that featured three birdies (Nos. 7, 9 and 18) and three bogeys (Nos. 10, 15 and 17) left him three shots inside the cutline. "I wanted to hit a lot of greens and give myself a lot of birdie putts. I did a great job of that on my first nine holes."

Former Marquette University golfer Garrett Loomis of River Falls finished in a tie for 83rd. The 2013 WSGA junior champion carded a final-round 77.

In 2017, Danielson earned $28,488 in just seven starts on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada and shot 70 or better in 20 of 24 rounds. He also made two starts on the Web.com Tour and three on the PGA Tour.

But debilitating knee pain flared up in December of that year and when the knee didn’t improve with rest and rehabilitation, he underwent surgery in July 2018 to repair two holes in his meniscus and missed the remainder of the season.

He said he was playing at "85 percent health" this week.

After two more qualifiers, the 2019 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada schedule gets under way with the Freedom 55 Financial Open, May 23 through 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, who is playing on the Web.com Tour, won that tournament last year.

"Conditional status, for me. gives me a chance to improve my priority before the reshuffle this year," Driscoll wrote. "It also gives me the perks of discounted Monday qualifiers on all (PGA Tour-sanctioned) tours and a place to practice with TPC courses. I’m not sure what my schedule will be yet, I want to play a lot of the Monday qualifiers to reshuffle into the end of the season."

Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour-Canada: Osceola's Charlie Danielson, Pewaukee's Kyle Driscoll, ex-Marquette golfer Garrett Loomis of River Falls at Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Q-School-USA West 2 | Final-round results (Wigwam Resort-Litchfield Park, Arizona)

Pos. Player Total Thru Today R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Wisconsin leaderboard
T14 Charlie Danielson -3 F* E 70 73 70 72 285
T24 Kyle Driscoll -1 F E 72 74 69 72 287
T83 Garrett Loomis 12 F 5 75 76 72 77 300
Full leaderboard
1 Jake Knapp -16 F E 66 69 65 72 272
2 Will Zalatoris -14 F -2 68 69 67 70 274
3 Jamie Sadlowski -12 F E 69 68 67 72 276
T4 David Sanchez -8 F* 2 69 68 69 74 280
T4 Hayden Buckley -8 F* 2 65 73 68 74 280
6 Carson Roberts -7 F* E 72 71 66 72 281
T7 Elliott Paylor -6 F -3 69 72 72 69 282
T7 Ryan Porch -6 F 1 74 69 66 73 282
T9 Chris O'Neill -5 F* E 71 73 67 72 283
T9 David Rose -5 F* E 70 71 70 72 283
T11 Eric McCardle -4 F -4 71 76 69 68 284
T11 Alberto Sanchez -4 F 2 68 73 69 74 284
T11 Matt F. Hansen -4 F* 1 71 70 70 73 284
T14 Andrew Yun -3 F -4 71 77 69 68 285
T14 Jake Byrum -3 F* -2 74 74 67 70 285
T14 Charlie Danielson -3 F* E 70 73 70 72 285
T14 Dru Love -3 F 2 72 72 67 74 285
T18 James Seymour -2 F -3 73 73 71 69 286
T18 Cole Nygren -2 F* -4 71 73 74 68 286
T18 Christopher Petefish -2 F -1 69 76 70 71 286
T18 Gordon Neale (a) -2 F 1 70 73 70 73 286
T18 Blake Barens -2 F* E 73 71 70 72 286
T18 Samuel Saunders -2 F* 1 74 71 68 73 286
T24 Mathias Lynne Schjolberg -1 F -1 73 74 69 71 287
T24 Colton West -1 F* -2 78 71 68 70 287
T24 Kyle Driscoll -1 F E 72 74 69 72 287
T24 Chris Crisologo (a) -1 F E 74 72 69 72 287
T24 Nathan Yankovich -1 F 3 69 72 71 75 287
T29 Spencer Mellon E F* -6 74 77 71 66 288
T29 Matthew Barry E F* 1 73 70 72 73 288
T29 Luke McClellan E F 5 71 70 70 77 288
T32 Edwin Yi (a) 1 F -4 70 77 74 68 289
T32 Gerardo Ruiz 1 F* -1 74 74 70 71 289
T32 Dylan Stein (a) 1 F E 72 76 69 72 289
T32 Ben Harden 1 F 4 69 74 70 76 289
T32 Daniel Iceman 1 F* 3 73 72 69 75 289
T32 Hans Reimers 1 F 5 71 71 70 77 289
T32 Adam Kmak 1 F* 4 69 75 69 76 289
T39 Patrick Frodigh 2 F* -4 74 78 70 68 290
T39 Alex Springer 2 F -1 75 74 70 71 290
T39 KK Limbhasut (a) 2 F -1 75 74 70 71 290
T39 Rylee Reinertson 2 F* 1 71 75 71 73 290
T39 Blake Cannon 2 F* 2 69 71 76 74 290
T44 Kaleb Gorbahn 3 F -2 76 71 74 70 291
T44 Gage Ihrig 3 F* E 74 73 72 72 291
T44 Luke Moser 3 F* E 73 74 72 72 291
T44 Jake Argento 3 F* 3 77 71 68 75 291
T48 Davis Riley 4 F 3 76 69 72 75 292
T48 Patrick Langdon 4 F 3 75 74 68 75 292
T48 Tyler Kertson (a) 4 F* 3 76 70 71 75 292
T48 Tanner Kesterson 4 F* 4 74 70 72 76 292
T48 Phil Reedy 4 F* 5 71 73 71 77 292
T53 Spencer Fletcher 5 F -3 72 81 71 69 293
T53 Matt Williams 5 F* -3 74 74 76 69 293
T53 David Lee 5 F -1 74 75 73 71 293
T53 Blake Maum 5 F* -1 76 70 76 71 293
T53 Alex Higgs 5 F 1 73 77 70 73 293
T53 Cory Whitsett 5 F 4 70 71 76 76 293
T53 Marc Casullo 5 F* 3 70 72 76 75 293
T60 Jake Tucker 6 F -1 76 77 70 71 294
T60 Ben Boyle 6 F -1 74 76 73 71 294
T60 Brian Mogg 6 F* -1 73 74 76 71 294
T60 Chris Evans 6 F* 2 72 71 77 74 294
T60 Sam Weatherhead 6 F 4 74 67 77 76 294
T65 Tucker Wadkins 7 F -3 73 79 74 69 295
T65 Erik Matthewson 7 F 1 74 76 72 73 295
T65 Blake Morris 7 F 1 79 70 73 73 295
T65 Arthur Kim 7 F* 1 76 71 75 73 295
T65 Jake Greenspoon (a) 7 F 3 72 77 71 75 295
T65 Conrad Martinez 7 F* 2 74 76 71 74 295
T65 Taylor Bolm 7 F* 6 71 75 71 78 295
T72 Andrew Garner 8 F 4 74 73 73 76 296
T72 Donny Hopoi 8 F* 3 72 77 72 75 296
T72 Eric Hawerchuk 8 F* 5 73 72 74 77 296
T75 Bradley Harrelson 9 F -3 75 78 75 69 297
T75 Ben Schlottman 9 F* -2 78 75 74 70 297
T75 Ki Taek Lee 9 F* 2 73 72 78 74 297
T75 Colby Dean 9 F 4 74 74 73 76 297
T75 Michael Feuerstein 9 F 9 72 73 71 81 297
T80 Nicolas Noya 10 F E 78 78 70 72 298
T80 Alex Forristal 10 F* 3 74 78 71 75 298
82 Tyler Koivisto 11 F* 4 73 75 75 76 299
T83 Bryan Ward 12 F -1 76 80 73 71 300
T83 JD Carrabino 12 F* 4 70 80 74 76 300
T83 Garrett Loomis 12 F 5 75 76 72 77 300
T83 Brandon Kida 12 F* 7 70 75 76 79 300
T87 Ethan Heim 13 F 2 76 74 77 74 301
T87 Jonathan Hardee 13 F 4 75 70 80 76 301
T87 Daniel Hudson 13 F* 2 80 75 72 74 301
T87 Matthew Hedges (a) 13 F 5 79 73 72 77 301
T87 Adam Wood 13 F 5 76 76 72 77 301
T92 Keaton Veillette 14 F* 2 73 76 79 74 302
T92 Jake Sarnoff 14 F* 3 73 78 76 75 302
T94 Jake Leavitt 16 F -2 76 76 82 70 304
T94 Austin Hinchey 16 F 4 75 77 76 76 304
T94 Chris Weinstein 16 F* 7 76 75 74 79 304
T97 Joey Mayo 17 F* E 76 80 77 72 305
T97 Jeff Olisar 17 F 4 78 78 73 76 305
T97 Samuel Engel 17 F* 5 79 72 77 77 305
T100 Ty Chambers 18 F* 3 82 81 68 75 306
T100 Gianfranco Guida 18 F* 3 79 78 74 75 306
T100 Todd Greene 18 F* 3 71 84 76 75 306
T100 Elliott Grayson (a) 18 F* 6 73 78 77 78 306
104 Adam Power (a) 19 F 1 73 86 75 73 307
105 Colton Estevez 20 F* 1 80 80 75 73 308
T106 Jarred Gomez 21 F* 4 81 76 76 76 309
T106 Sean Metcalf 21 F 7 77 81 72 79 309
T108 Chris Minton 22 F 4 80 78 76 76 310
T108 Bret Thompson 22 F 6 81 77 74 78 310
110 Brandon Lee 23 F* 6 81 74 78 78 311
T111 Matthew Codd 24 F 4 77 80 79 76 312
T111 Brian Song (a) 24 F 2 79 81 78 74 312
T111 Mike Dominick 24 F 8 73 86 73 80 312
T111 Roberto Rodriguez Cacho 24 F 8 78 78 76 80 312
115 Brett Johnson 25 F* 5 77 81 78 77 313
116 Zacharie Nicolet 30 F* 11 75 81 79 83 318
117 Samuel Diamond 33 F 8 77 83 81 80 321
118 Zachary Stanger (a) 34 F* 9 83 76 82 81 322
119 Rodrigo Segura 43 F* 14 79 84 82 86 331

garyd@killarneygolfmedia.com

Gary has covered golf in Wisconsin since 1980 and is a multiple award winner in the GWAA writing contest. He was inducted into the WSGA Hall of Fame in 2017 and joined Wisconsin.Golf in 2018 after a distinguished career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.