Joel Dahmen of the U.S. put together a furious back nine charge and drained a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to shoot a final round 68 yesterday at Point Grey Golf and Country Club to win the PC Financial Open, the first event of PGA Tour Canada’s season.
Dahmen claimed his first victory in his five seasons on PGA Tour Canada, narrowly edging British Columbia natives Eugene Wong and Brad Clapp by a shot.
The win moves Dahmen to the top of the Order of Merit and the race for The Five, who will earn Web.com Tour status for 2014.
The 26-year-old former University of Washington Husky secured the win with a two-putt birdie at the last, set up by a brilliant approach with a hybrid from 226 yards out in a fairway bunker.
Starting the day two shots off the lead held by fellow American Jack Newman, Dahmen treaded water for the first nine holes before getting things started with a chip-in birdie on 10 (for the second consecutive day) and another birdie at the 11th.
He found himself in the 18th fairway sharing the lead with his playing partner Wong, and Clapp at 15-under, and decided to play aggressively with his approach.
Dahmen would go on to two-putt from 20 feet, and after Wong and Clapp both missed birdie putts inside of 10 feet to tie, he found himself in the winner’s circle for the first time on PGA Tour Canada.
Wong top Canadian
Eugene Wong’s 5-under total on the week and a T2 finish earned him Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours. Wong won a tiebreaker over Chilliwack’s Brad Clapp by having the low round on yesterday.
Wong banks $1,500 for the award, which is presented weekly to the low Canadian on the leaderboard. The top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end will earn Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours and a $10,000 prize.
Next week on tour
PGA Tour Canada heads to Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, BC, for the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.
Last year, Stephen Gangluff of the U.S. birdied two of the final three holes to win the tour’s inaugural event.
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