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Riley Wheeldon (PGA Tour Canada)

Riley Wheeldon

(PGA Tour Canada)

Riley Wheeldon wins Syncrude Boreal Open Add to ...

Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C., won the PGA Tour Canada's Syncrude Boreal Open on Sunday, adding a second title to his 2013 breakout season.

The 22-year-old, who scored his first pro win on the U.S.-based NGA Tour in the spring, topped the field at Fort McMurray Golf Club after shooting six-under-par 66 in the final round.

His 13-under 275 total gave him a one-stroke margin over Brazilian Lucas Lee, who shared the 54-hole lead but shot 69 Sunday.

Wheeldon is the first Canadian to win this year on the developmental circuit, which was taken over by the PGA Tour and renamed PGA Tour Canada.

Canada had four men in the top 10, all of whom represent the next generation of prospects emerging from this country. Defending champion Cory Renfrew of Victoria placed third at 11 under, while Eugene Wong of North Vancouver, B.C. and Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., were among a group of four players sharing sixth spot at nine under. Taylor is the only player to finish in the top-10 in all three events so far this season while Wong posted his first top-10 of the season.

Renfrew shot 67, juiced by four birdies on the front nine.

“I saw early that Cory was going pretty low, and I know what he did last year, so I had to make some birdies coming in,” Wheeldon said. “I made some birdies early in the back nine and was able to play a little more conservative coming in.”

In addition to the trophy, Wheeldon picked up the first prize of $27,000 and moved to the top of the tour's 2013 money list.

The top three players after the Players Cup in Winnipeg next Sunday get into the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open the following week, and the top five at season's end earn cards on the second-tier Web.com Tour, which Wheeldon got his first taste of this year.

"It's on my mind 100 per cent. It was one of my goals coming into play this year to play in a PGA Tour event, specifically the RBC Canadian Open," he said. "To be able to win this week and give myself the opportunity … to get that exemption, as well as put myself in position for one of the five Web.com Tour cards at the end of the year, is huge."

Taylor currently is fourth on the money list.

 

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