The man who was somewhat forgotten in the final round will end up being the one that everyone will remember as Brian Hutton of Burlington, Ont., rolled in a 12-foot putt to win the 2010 Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
The first round leader kept himself in it all day and pushed the pedal down on the back nine with an eagle on the par five 13th hole and a birdie on the par-4 14th. Hutton bogeyed the par three 17th for the third straight day, but his clutch par on the finishing hole was enough to seal the deal.
“I only looked at one leaderboard all day long and I really had no idea what needed to happen on the final hole,” said Hutton. “I was actually quite disappointed with my first putt on the final green, but all I kept thinking was that making the final putt would either give me the victory or save me some money.”
Hutton, the head professional at Southbrook Golf and Country Club in Hamilton finished with a four-under-par 68 to come from behind and win his first career Canadian PGA national championship.
Hutton stood off to the side of the Canadian PGA scoring tent to watch overnight leader David Zibrik of Vancouver and Marc Girouard of St-Sauveur, Que., both miss birdie putts that would have forced a playoff for the third year in a row.
“This is absolutely incredible, I really can’t believe it,” said Hutton. “To win a national championship alongside my peers and to beat a field of this calibre is pretty incredible and I’m going to enjoy every second of it.”
In addition to the Canadian PGA national crown, Hutton also takes home $12,000.
Girouard stormed out of the gate with four birdies on his first five holes but bogeys on seven, eight, 12 and 16 put pressure on the head professional from Diamant Club de Golf to make a difficult birdie on the final hole to force the playoff.
Zibrik, the head teaching professional at the Westwood Plateau Golf Academy, made three birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey on the front nine to turn at one over. He settled down on the back side with birdies on 15 and 16 and had a 15-footer on the final hole to send it to a playoff but it wasn’t meant to be for the CPC rookie.
“I had a chance to force the playoff, but I left the putt right in the jaws of the cup but a couple of inches short,” said Zibrik, the 2010 BC Zone Match Play Champion. “This was awesome. I had a blast all week and I can’t wait to come back next year to this great event.”
Both Zibrik and Girouard receive $5,750 for their shared second place finish.
Jeff Dykeman interviews 2010 Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Champion, Brian Hutton
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