A win by Mexico’s Jose de Jesus Rodriguez at the Mexican PGA Championship is his first on the Canadian Tour and marks the first time a Mexican has won the event since the tour began sanctioning the event four years ago.
Rodriguez has had a number of close calls at the Mexican PGA Championship in recent years and is relieved to finally be able to put his name on the trophy.
“I’m really, really happy. It feels good to finally get my first win on the Canadian Tour and I’m especially happy to win here in Mexico,” said Rodriguez.
Playing in the final group, Rodriguez began the round five shots back of third round leader Rafael Claux and three shots behind Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C.
Rodriguez began his charge early with a birdie on the first hole and then another on the fourth. A bogey on the par five fifth put him at 10-under-par for the tournament and four shots behind the leader.
The Mexican star would then make a birdie on seven and make the turn at 11-under. Three birdies at 10, 15 and 16 moved him into a tie for the lead with Sloan. Both players would make par on 18 to force a playoff.
“I was calm, I felt the hard part was already past and now, I just had to concentrate on playing one hole,” said Rodriguez.
After both players hit their approach shots close to the hole, Sloan’s birdie putt just barely missed to the right. Rodriguez faced a slightly shorter putt on the exact same line as the one he missed on 18 previously.
He made no mistake this time.
“Even though I didn’t win the experience still leaves me with a level of confidence, knowing that I’ve been in the situation and can handle the pressure,” said Sloan.
Canadian Mike Mezei finished seventh. For complete results, click here.
The next event will mark the tour’s return to Canada for the Times Colonist Island Savings Open at the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, June 2-5.