With a crucial up-and-down for birdie at the 72nd hole, Cincinnati’s Wes Homan claimed the inaugural Staal Foundation Open, his first PGA Tour Canada win.
England’s Greg Eason made a clutch birdie of his own at the last hole to force Homan’s hand. Homan calmly stepped up and drained a six-footer.
“It felt great to make that putt,” said Homan, who finished at 17-under for the week.
“It’s more of a sense of relief about all the hard work I know I’ve been putting in and sometimes people don’t know about. It was amazing. I did hurt my back on one of those fist pumps, so it was pretty exciting and fun,” he added.
The win moves Homan into the fifth spot on the Order of Merit halfway through the 2014 season, which puts him in position to earn Web .com Tour status next year.
“It’s huge. Every shot counts,” Homan said, acknowledging he has a long way to before the end of the season.
“This isn’t going to change my life, but it’s going to be a step towards where I want to go and I’m glad I was able to accomplish it,” he said.
At the end of the Thunder Bay event, the top three on the Order of Merit earned exemptions into this week’s RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal.
They include leader Joel Dahmen, Tim Madigan and Josh Persons, who birdied the 72nd hole to get in.
With a final round, two-under 70, Ted Brown of Peterborough, Ont., tied for seventh to earn Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours.
Brown finished at nine under and won a tiebreaker over Victoria’s Cory Renfrew.
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