American Mark Hubbard captured his first PGA Tour Canada victory yesterday by firing a final round 5-under 66 to win The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial.
Hubbard won by two shots over Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., and Kyle Stough of the U.S.
The 24-year-old Hubbard made a clutch 15-footer for birdie at the par-5 16th to reach 20-under par and gave himself a three-stroke advantage at the time. He followed up with pars on the final two holes to secure his win.
With the victory, Hubbard moves to No. 5 on the Order of Merit. He is in position to earn one of the five Web.com Tour cards available at season’s end.
Starting the day with a one shot lead over Hughes, Hubbard went out in 3-under par on the front nine to establish a lead over Hughes, Stough and several other contenders that he would not relinquish. Hubbard said several key up-and-downs including a brilliant flop shot at the par-3 15th were the key to his victory.
Hughes notched a career-best finish while Stough matched his career-best set earlier this year at the ATB Financial Classic presented by Telus.
- Hubbard’s tournament total of 264 strokes was the lowest winning score on PGA Tour Canada this year
- Hubbard is the second 54-hole leader to go on to win this season, following Joe Panzeri at the ATB Financial Classic presented by Telus.
- Hubbard’s final round 66 tied for the lowest final round by a winner this season, matching three other tournaments
- Hubbard’s win was his sixth top-10 finish of the past two seasons on the PGA Tour Canada.
- Nick Taylor and Chris Epperson both finished in the top-10 for their fifth top-10s of the season, tied for the most on PGA TOUR Canada.
- The par-4 seventh hole played as the toughest hole of the week at 4.41 strokes, while the par-5 eighth was the easiest at 4.48.