John Cook wasn’t about to let the Montreal Championship slip away this time.
One year after losing by one shot to Larry Mize, Cook went one rung up the ladder, winning the second edition of the $1.8 million Champions Tour event.
With a final round six-under 66, Cook finished three trips around Fontainebleau at 21-under under 195, three strokes in front of overnight leader Chien Soon Lu.
In 2010, Cook led on the final day before Mize tore it up on the back nine to hoist the trophy, but on Sunday, Cook recorded a four-under 32 on the front side to build a three-shot lead. Lu closed to within a pair of shots after 14, but Cook wouldn’t allow him to get any closer and sealed it with a long birdie putt on the par three 17th.
“It was a battle all day. I never felt comfortable, which is a good thing in this game,” said Cook, the 1983 Canadian Open champ who takes home $270,000 U.S. with his win in Montreal.
Canadian Rod Spittle made a spectacular charge Sunday, firing a course record 10-under 62 to get to 15 under for a share of seventh. His Sunday run included an eagle on the opening hole.
“Everyone has just been so gracious. It’s just very special coming home. I’m very proud of my Canadian flag on the bag. It’s been a great week and to finish like this is beyond words,” said Spittle.