Max Gilbert of St. Georges, Que., won the Tour Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial yesterday, after making birdie at No. 17 to take the lead and then two putting No. 18 to secure the victory by one shot over Trevor Murphy of the U.S.
Gilbert, a 23-year-old in his first year as a professional, carded a final round 66 to capture his first professional victory and the $27,000 winner’s cheque.
Starting the day one shot behind Murphy, the 54-hole leader, Gilbert got out of the gate quickly with a birdie on the first hole and went out in 32 to take the lead at 19-under par. He would get to 20-under par with a birdie on 12 but after a bogey on 13 and a Murphy birdie at 15, the two were tied at the top.
After a 9-iron approach from 150 yards on the 17th hole, however, Gilbert rolled in a 20-footer for birdie to regain the lead at 20-under par. Murphy would give himself a 20-footer of his own at 18 to force a playoff, but his putt carried too much speed and bounced off the back of the cup. Gilbert then converted a simple two-putt from 15 feet for the win.
Murphy posted a final round 68 to finish a season-best second place, while defending champion Eugene Wong of Canada shot a final round 67 to place T3 alongside American Alex Kang.