Tim Madigan used a late chip-in birdie and a clutch three-footer for par to claim his first career PGA Tour Canada win at The Players Cup on Sunday.
Madigan began the day with a two stroke advantage over Josh Persons, who defeated the New Mexico golfer by a shot last month in Victoria. However, it was Matt Hill of Sarnia, Ont. and Ricky McDonald who made a late charge and put some pressure on Madigan, who made a chip-in for birdie on No. 15 to remain tied for the lead.
Hill and McDonald both finished a stroke back in second place. For Hill it was his best finish on Tour since winning the money title back in 2012.
“I let it slip away from me in Victoria and I definitely wasn’t going to allow it to happen again,” said Madigan. “Making that three footer, that’s why I practice – to be in that moment, to have that chance to get a win.”
The victory moved Madigan up to second in the Order of Merit and he secured a berth in the RBC Canadian Open later this month in Montreal.
American Clark Klaasen posted a career-best fourth place finish at 7-under par.
Calgary’s Ryan Yip finished in a tie for fifth as five Canadians finished in the top 10 in Winnipeg. Montreal’s Beon-Yeong Lee finished eighth while Eugene Wong of North Vancouver and Chris Ross of Dundas, Ont. both finished in a tie for ninth.
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