Adam Chamberlain faced a three-shot deficit entering the final round of the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada, but by the time he holed his final putt for par, the head professional from Gowan Brae Golf Club in Bathurst, N.B., had secured the title.
Chamberlain’s finished the tournament at nine-under-par 207 (69-68-70) to beat Ontario’s Danny King by two shots.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to come down here for the last four years and I’ve realized that I’m able to compete with these guys, but if you would have told me I’d be holding the trophy right now at the start of the week, I’d say you were probably lying to me,” said Chamberlain.
“It’s been an awesome week with my two great playing competitors the first two days and playing with Danny and Marc (Hurtubise) today was just fantastic,” he said.
When the final group teed off Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on the PGA Golf Club’s Ryder Course, Marc Hurtubise of the Chambly Golf Club led at 10 under, three shots better than Chamberlain and four strokes over King.
By the ninth tee, however, Chamberlain had climbed to 10 under to pull even with the overnight leader. Chamberlain says he really didn’t get into the mindset of playing heads up against Hurtubise for the final 10 holes.
“I didn’t really know what was going on around us, or if anyone was going really low,” said Chamberlain.
“I was just trying to take it one hole at a time and I made a couple par saves and had some chances to make some birdies coming in that didn’t quite drop, so I just kept grinding it out,” he said.
Chamberlain led by two over King on the last hole of the championship after Hurtubise made double-bogey on the 17th.
“On No. 18 I thought I hit a good drive, but it just caught the bunker on the right,” said Chamberlain.
“I couldn’t get to the green from where I was because there was a huge lip on the bunker, so I just wedged it out short of the green. I had 54 yards left with a little downhill lie that would help it skid and I hit it to eight or 10 feet,” he said.
“I had a straight-in putt–I couldn’t figure out if it went left or right, though. But as my dad always said, if you can’t figure it out, just hit in the middle and there it went,” he said.
With his win, Chamberlain earned $12,000 and jumped to No. 33 on the PGA of Canada player rankings.
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