It could be argued that Northeast Florida native and current PGA TOUR Canada golfer, Tyler McCumber was destined for success on the golf course. McCumber grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, up to his neck in premier courses, including TPC’s renowned Stadium Course. As a teen, he played for perennial golf powerhouse Nease High School. He went on to All American honors at the University of Florida. A good environment for developing your skills, sure. But McCumber’s got another, distinctive advantage that may give him a leg up from time to time.
In early August, McCumber—clad in Volcom Stone garb (more on this later)—shot a closing round 63 to take the win at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada’s Syncrude Oil Country Championship in Edmonton. Interestingly, the course, The Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club, was designed by McCumber’s father, former PGA Tour pro Mark McCumber.
Did the younger McCumber have some kind of preternatural connection to the course?
“I was thinking about that last week,” McCumber told us. “Nothing really jumped out at me, besides the experience being pretty fun and inspirational.”
Fair enough. But a win on his pop’s course made two in a row for McCumber on the PGA Tour Canada, setting him up with the money lead and putting him in good position to earn a spot on the Web.com tour next year. We caught up with McCumber and asked him about life on tour, keeping his hot streak going, and his affinity for the Stone.
Can you tell us about the PGA Tour Canada? Is it a qualifying tour like the Web.com? How many events per season/year?
The Mackenzie Tour/PGATour Canada is a developmental golf tour, kind of like Double-A baseball. You have to play Mackenzie to get to Web and Web to get to the big stage. There are 12 events from May to September up here in Canada and for the most part moves from Vancouver on the west coast all the way east in the past to Cape Breton.
You’re on a hot streak, winning your last two events and shooting 63 on the final day last week. If you had to point to something—mental or physical—to what do you attribute your recent run of success?
It has been a fun last two weeks no doubt, being able to grab wins in Toronto and Edmonton. I would have to say I’ve really enjoyed the last seven months of the grind, though. I came off a torn labrum, followed by a shoulder surgery (thanks Dr. Snyder and Matt Serlo) and I am just stoked to be able to train and feel healthy while being able to give it my all. I’ve got an awesome team with me from my family, swing coach, mental coach and have to give a shout out to my trainer Dustin at Fitness By Fronk for getting me back in physical form. They’ve really stuck with me through this past year and given me the support I’ve needed.
Your father actually designed the Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club, where you won recently. What was that like to play in a tournament there? Did you have a competitive advantage? Had you played it before?
It was really fun competing on Edmonton Petroleum Golf Club, a McCumbergolf Design. I could see some of the things in the flesh that my dad mentions he tries to accomplish with his designs. It’s a course that grows on you the more you play it. It looks as if its straight out in front of you, but the more you play it, especially under tournament conditions you realize how demanding it really is, and how challenging the different hole combinations are. I had never played it before or actually been to Edmonton so it was a fun experience. As to the advantage part: I was thinking about that last week and nothing really jumped out at me, besides the experience being pretty fun and inspirational.
A few of us here noticed you rocking Volcom gear during recent tournaments. What’s your connection to the Stone?
Ah, the Volcom gear! That’s been the most popular question over the past few weeks. No connection with the Stone, but I bought about 14 of those shirts at Nordstrom Rack in April. I don’t currently have any clothing sponsors so I figured I’d wear brands or more so try and rep a lifestyle brand I enjoy. I wanted to wear something I could finish playing in, then have a surf check, grab lunch or a beer afterwards and still feel like one of the boys.
You’re in the money lead now, what do you need to do, or what’s it going to take, to assure yourself a spot on the Web.com tour next year?
There are four events left on the Mackenzie Tour and nothing really changes in regards to my focus. Play like your behind and keep the pedal down. You never go forward in the direction you want if you’re spending too much time looking behind you. I’ve learned that a few times the hard way after they did that dredging at the Poles. I’m going to stick to the process of what I’ve been doing and I have belief it will take me where I’m hoping to go.