Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., defeated Matt Marshall of Scottsdale, Az., in a sudden-death playoff at Windermere Golf and Country Club in Edmonton to earn his first Canadian Tour victory at the 2012 ATB Financial Classic.
With the victory, Gligic becomes the second straight Q-School medalist to win on the Canadian Tour after Andrew Roque’s win at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria two weeks ago.
Gligic was the medalist at the 2011 Fall Qualifying School at Hidden Lake Golf Club, his home course in Burlington.
“It feels really good to get a win out here,” said Gligic, who also plays on the Great Lakes Tour. “It definitely wasn’t easy, but I’m really happy to be standing here in the winner’s circle,” added Gligic, who posted final round 67.
Marshall and Gligic entered the playoff at 14-under par. After narrowly missing a birdie putt to put it to 15-under par on the 18th in regulation, Gligic watched as Marshall knocked his approach to eight feet on the final hole and sank the putt to force a sudden death playoff.
Gligic had a three-foot putt to win on the first extra hole, but missed it to the left. On the second playoff hole, however, he found the green and secured the victory with a two-putt par as Marshall struggled to make bogey.
“You can never really practice those three-footers to win a tournament. Fortunately I was able to get a second chance and got the job done,” said Gligic.
Gligic earned $28,000 for the win, vaulting him atop the Order of Merit. It was his first event of the season.
Earlier, it looked as though Marshall may run away with the tournament. T
The 27-year old birdied his first four holes and reached 17-under with a birdie on the 13th and led by as many as four shots, but Marshall lost the lead with four straight bogeys from holes 14 through 17 before his birdie on 18.
Two shots back of the playoff were Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. Ryan Williams of Vancouver. Joe Panzeri of Meridian, Id., and Dodge Kemmer of Mountain View, Calif., at 12-under par.
Defending champion Hugo Leon of Chile made a spirited charge in the final round, shooting a four-under 67 to finish seventh.
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