American Matt Harmon kept the field at bay to capture his first PGA Tour Canada victory on Sunday, firing a final round 66 to win the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open.
The 29-year old began the day with a five stroke lead and hardly gave his pursuers a chance, carding seven birdies on the day and never letting anyone get closer than within two shots, winning by three over Will Kropp.
The victory moves Harmon up to second on the Order of Merit through four events, in position to earn one of three RBC Canadian Open exemptions in two weeks time.
“I knew I was playing well and that good results were coming. You never know when you're going to win, so this feels incredible,” said Harmon.
Harmon’s 24-under total was one off the tournament record set by Will Wilcox in 2010 and is the lowest of the PGA Tour Canada era.
Kropp, a Tour rookie, made the strongest charge of the day, carding a 10-under 62 and getting within two shots of Harmon late in the back nine. However, Harmon responded with three birdies in four holes in the middle of his back nine to keep his chasers at bay and secure the title.
One shot behind Kropp was Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, who joined in the charge to catch Harmon before a bogey at the par-5 16th derailed his chances. Karlsson’s finish was his third top-10 of the season and moved him to fifth on the Order of Merit.
Ted Brown of Peterborough, Ont. and Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alta. were the top Canadians, finishing in a tie for seventh. Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont. finished tied for 10th while Calgary's Ryan Yip, a runner-up in this event a year ago, settled for a tie for 12th.
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