Matt Peavoy captured the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada, making par on the first playoff hole at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, Ariz.
The head teaching professional at Heron Landing Golf Club in Peterborough, Ont., outlasted Alberta’s Scott Allred en route to his first PGA of Canada national championship.
“I’ve been chasing what I call the PGA of Canada majors for 15 years and to win is something really special,” Peavoy said.
The 35-year-old put together rounds of 72-74-69 for a three-day total of two over par 215 at the SunRidge Canyon. Peavoy admitted luck was on his side this week after starting the championship with three bogeys through the first six holes.
“There’s no doubt I had luck on my side. I hit some balls in the desert this week and it hits a rock or cactus, takes a good kick and the next thing you know, I’m back in play,” Peavoy said.
With the win, Peavoy collects $12,000 as well as 45 PGA of Canada player rankings points.
For the second time since 2011, Allred finished second at the PGA Club Professional Championship after failing to convert a four-foot par putt on the 54th hole.
Second round leader Dan Greenwood, who shot a tournament low round of 65 on the second day, finished solo third.
Following his playoff victory, Peavoy admitted he almost didn’t play this week in Arizona.
“On Monday this week I thought I was going to have to withdraw because I have an infected cuticle on my finger and I honestly couldn’t swing with a conventional grip,” he said.
“So after the practice round on Monday, I went to the range and tried it with a 10-finger grip and it was unbelievable,” added Peavoy.
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