Victoria’s Jim Rutledge captured his second Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Friday at Emerald Hills Golf Club in Stouffville, Ont.
Rutledge’s three-day total of 17-under par (65-65-69) equals his own tournament record from 2010.
“I played some real good golf the last three days and I’m proud of myself,” said Rutledge of his three rounds that included 16 birdies, one eagle and one bogey.
“I was trying to beat my own record of a couple years ago, but I tied it and that’s okay,” he added.
In 2010, Rutledge’s margin of victory was 10 shots at RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton, Ont . This time around, there was a 13-shot spread between the champion and the runner-up.
Rutledge said the 2012 championship was more about reconnecting with old friends, rather than making impressive numbers.
“It’s about seeing your old buddies—guys you grew up playing with, guys I learned from when I first started golfing,” Rutledge says. “That’s what it’s all about, seeing everybody that you’ve grown up with over the years.”
Gregg Schubert, the PGA of Canada’s president, agreed.
“What I think speaks volumes about these players, is their willingness to enjoy the company of their fellow competitors before, during and after their competitive rounds,” he said.
With his victory, Rutledge claims the Albert Murray Trophy and first place prize money of $9,000.
Rutledge added his win at Emerald Hills gives him confidence heading into next week’s Senior Open Championship in Turnberry, Scotland.
“We were going to have a week off, but the tournament date was good timing, so we worked our way from Detroit up here to play and now we’re on our way to the British Seniors, so it gives us come confidence heading into that,” said Rutledge.
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