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Joe Panzeri

Joe Panzeri

Joe Panzeri wins ATB Financial Classic Add to ...

Joe Panzeri shot a final round 70 to win the ATB Financial Classic, his second career PGA Tour Canada win.

Panzeri's 17-under par total was good enough for a two stroke victory over a trio of golfers and the $27,000 first place prize money moved him into third on the Order of Merit.

“I enjoyed my first win, but this feels a little sweeter to get inside the top five with a little more incentive at the end of the year,” said the 27-year old who became the first player this season to convert a 54-hole lead into a win.

Panzeri began the day with a three-stroke advantage over defending champion Michael Gligic and Chris Epperson, but found himself tied for the lead after bogeys on 11 and 12 dropped him to 14-under par. An eagle on the par-5 13th hole and a closing birdie at the last, however, were enough to give him the win over Kevin Tucker, Kyle Stough and Epperson, all of whom notched career-best finishes.

Gligic got within one stroke of the lead after the first hole but fell out of contention with a triple and three bogeys on the back nine to finish tied for 21st. 

Beon-Yeong Lee of Montreal was tied for fifth to finish as low Canadian, alongside Tony Finau, who equalled the course record set earlier in the week by Panzeri with a final round 64. 

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. finished in a tie for seventh for his fourth top-10 finish of the season. However, Taylor dropped to sixth on the Order of Merit, slipping outside the top five for the first time this year. Only the top five on the money list at the end of the year earn promotion to the Web.com Tour in 2014.

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