Murray, Kentucky’s Patrick Newcomb shot a final round 8-under 64 on Sunday at Bell Bay Golf Club to win the Cape Breton Open, his second victory of the 2017 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season.
The 27-year old came out of the gates on fire with an eagle and three birdies in his first nine holes to take the lead, then put the tournament away with two more birdies and a chip-in eagle at the par-5 13th to win by three over Dallas, Texas’ Kramer Hickok and Wilmer, Alabama’s Robby Shelton.
Already a winner earlier this season at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON, Newcomb bolstered his position on the Order of Merit and moved to No. 3, just behind Hickok and Shelton and in position to earn Web.com Tour status for 2018.
With the win, Newcomb becomes the first multi-time winner this season and the first since Dan McCarthy won four times – including the Cape Breton Open – in 2016. Newcomb also claimed victory on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica earlier this year at the Honduras Open presented by Indura Beach and Golf Resort.
Hickok notched his third runner-up finish of the season to go with a win at the Players Cup, while Shelton’s was his second of the year to go with a victory at the GolfBC Championship. Kentucky’s Hunter Stewart and South Carolina’s Will Starke finished in a tie for fourth at 15-under.
MICHAEL GLIGIC TAKES FREEDOM 55 FINANCIAL TOP CANADIAN
With a total score of 13-under par in a tie for seventh, Burlington, Ontario’s Michael Gligic finished as the top Canadian on the leaderboard, earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours and a $2,500 prize.
The top Canadian on the leaderboard each week takes home the award, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning the Dan Halldorson Trophy, Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours and a $25,000 prize.
Feature photo courtesy Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada
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