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Brock Mackenzie's 66 blazes his way to victory in ATB Financial Classic

Brock Mackenzie rode a 6-under 66 to crush the field by four shots yesterday in the ATB Financial Classic.
Brock Mackenzie rode a 6-under 66 to crush the field by four shots yesterday in the ATB Financial Classic. Angela Burger/PGA Tour

Brock Mackenzie of the U.S. ran away from the field with a final round 6-under 66 at Sirocco Golf Club yesterday to capture the ATB Financial Classic, his second career PGA Tour Canada win.

The 33-year-old set the 72-hole scoring record for the PGA Tour Canada era at 27-under 261 and moved to No. 3 on the Order of Merit, in position to earn Web.com Tour status at the end of the season.

Mackenzie began the day with a two-shot lead over American Brady Schnell, who carded a 59 on Friday, and fellow American Stephen Carney, but pulled away with a steady opening nine of 4-under 32. Despite some low scores from his chasers, including a 64 from Joel Dahmen, Mackenzie pulled away from the field and didn’t let any of his pursuers have a chance to catch him.

Despite the lead, which grew to as many as five shots after his seventh birdie of the day at the 14th, Mackenzie said he never felt completely comfortable until the 18th hole, where he made his 30th birdie of the week to close the victory in style.

With a final round 64, Dahmen increased his commanding Order of Merit lead to $21,920 over second place Tim Madigan, while Carney’s career-best T2 finish moved him up 111 spots to 20th.

Victoria, BC’s Cory Renfrew carded a final round 5-under 67, including a near hole-in-one on the par-4 11th with a drive that finished inside a foot from the hole, to finish T4 at 22-under along with Schnell.

FLEMING’S WILD ROUND FINISHES WITH A FLURRY

At three-over par through seven holes, Airdrie, AB’s Riley Fleming was far from thinking he might set a PGA Tour Canada era record on Sunday. A wild run that saw him play has final 11 holes in 11-under par changed his perspective dramatically, however, with his 8-under 28 on the back nine giving him the lowest nine holes of the PGA Tour Canada era.

Fleming now sits 39th on the Order of Merit, with his best finish a T7 at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by Sasktel.

RENFREW CLAIMS TOP CANADIAN HONOURS

By shooting a final round 5-under 67, Cory Renfrew finished T4 at 22-under to earn Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week Honours.

Renfrew, who earned a $1,500 prize, edged out Peterborough’s Ted Brown by a shot, two weeks after Brown won over Renfrew in a tiebreaker to take the award at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel.

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