Hugo Bernard of Mont-St.-Hilaire, Que., got hot in sweltering conditions to shoot a final round, five-under 65 for a come-from-behind victory at the Canadian Amateur at Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday.
Bernard began the day in third, three shots behind leader Blair Bursey of Gander, Nfld. Bernard’s 65 was one short of the tournament’s low round that he posted on the second day, as he secured the win at 11-under 271.
“I played pretty solid,” said Bernard. “My driver was pretty long and pretty straight, too. I made some great putts out there and it was a very solid round for me.”
He becomes the first Canadian to win the national title since Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., won back-to-back championships in 2011-12. He is the first competitor from Quebec to win since Craig Matthew of Montréal in 1998.
“It means a lot,” said Bernard. “I’m so happy to get my spot for the Canadian Open next year. I hope I’m going to do better than this year, so I’m pretty excited about it.”
In addition to claiming an exemption into the 2017 RBC Canadian Open to be hosted at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., Bernard has earned entry into the 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
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