With a late chip-in birdie and a clutch three-footer for par at the 72nd hole, Tim Madigan of Rio Rancho, N.M., claimed victory at the Players Cup on Sunday to secure his first PGA Tour Canada win.
Madigan’s even par 71 at Pine Ridge Golf Club gave him the title by a shot over Matt Hill of Sarnia, Ont., and Ricky McDonald of Edmonds, Wash.
With the win, the 25-year old rookie moved to second on the Order of Merit with $53,460. The top three through next week’s Staal Foundation Open earn a spot in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal.
“To be a winner on PGA Tour Canada, I mean, I dreamt about it. Did I think it would happen in my rookie year? Probably not. I knew it was possible, but to be out here is just a privilege,” said Madigan.
The New Mexico State grad began the day with a two-stroke advantage over Josh Persons of Fargo, N.D., who beat Madigan by a shot last month to win the Bayview Place Island Savings Open.
It was Hill and McDonald who made a charge, however, with the trio tied late in the back nine at eight under par.
Madigan came to the par five 15th, facing a tough up-and-down to stay tied for the lead. Instead, he chipped it in for the last birdie he would need. He would go on to two-putt from 75 feet at the 72nd hole, draining a three-footer for the win.
Hill earned his best finish on PGA Tour Canada since winning the Order of Merit in 2012, while McDonald, who finished second at the Syncrude Boreal Open, moved to fifth on the Order of Merit.
With his final round 67, Hill earned Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours, taking home a $1,500 prize.
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