Jim Rutledge won his fifth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Friday at the Burlington Golf and Country Club in Burlington, Ont.
Rutledge’s three-day total of 12 under (65-67-66) gave his a seven-shot win over his nearest competitors, Gar Hamilton and Mike Burrows.
Making his final round finish even more remarkable, Rutledge admitted he was battling food poisoning the previous night and well into Friday morning.
“I had a rough one out there today and I wasn’t feeling all that well when I rolled up this morning, so I was just trying to get as much water and bananas into me as possible,” said Rutledge.
“I got off to a really good start, which was really surprising, and after that I just kind of cruised,” he said.
Rutledge’s outward nine Friday included four birdies and a lone bogey, while his backside saw a single birdie on the 12th.
“I hit some not-so-great iron shots on the back nine,” said Rutledge. “But I was mis-clubbing in the right spots, which is very important out here.”
Rutledge is a former winner on the Web.com Tour, has six Mackenzie-PGA Tour Canada titles and is a former PGA Championship of Canada winner.
With his fifth win, he now only trails golf legend Moe Norman for most PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada titles. Norman has eight titles, with seven coming in consecutive years.
“I’d love to win a few more and it excites me to think about it,” said Rutledge. “Moe Norman is a legend and I by no means put myself in the same category as him, but I’ll chase him if the opportunity comes along.”
In addition to finishing T2, Hamilton won the Super Senior division for the second time in three years.
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