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McCoy earns first PGA Tour Canada victory in playoff win over Gligic

Nate McCoy owns The Wildfire Invitational title after winning a four-hole playoff on Sunday.
Nate McCoy owns The Wildfire Invitational title after winning a four-hole playoff on Sunday.PGA Tour Canada

American Nate McCoy made par on the fourth hole of a sudden victory playoff Sunday to capture The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial over Burlington’s Michael Gligic.

McCoy shot a final round 7-under 65 to post 19-under par, then watched as Gligic matched him with a birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

The pair both recorded pars on the par-5 18th and then matched each other with pars at the par-4 10th, before returning to the final hole. After Gligic found the deep fescue left of the green and made bogey, McCoy secured his first career PGA Tour Canada win with a textbook par.

The victory moves McCoy to No. 8 on the Order of Merit with two events left in the season. This week’s champion is $4,776 behind the No. 5 spot as he looks to secure status on the Web.com Tour for next season.

McCoy, who began the week 61st on the Order of Merit, said he was looking simply to get inside the top 60 and secure exempt status on PGA Tour Canada for 2015.

The win comes as the latest success in golf for the McCoy family, after father Mike McCoy’s victory at last year’s USGA Mid-Amateur Championship earned him a spot in The Masters Tournament, where Nate caddied for him.

For the second week in a row, Gligic earned Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours along with a $1,500 prize. Gligic claimed the award last week as well, finishing solo fourth at The Great Waterway Classic in Bath, ON.

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