Victoria’s Jim Rutledge cruised to win his fourth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada since 2010 Friday at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont.
Rutledge, 55, put together rounds of 64-71-69 for a three-day total of nine under par. His 54-hole score was three shots better than David Wettlaufer and four better than Ken Tarling. Both fired six-under 65s on Friday.
For the first time all week Rutledge managed to get through Credit Valley’s tough opening five holes under par, which he says was the key to the day.
“The good thing was I got through the top side of the golf course at one under and that had been my issue really all week,” he said.
“Once I got down into the valley I just kind of held my own out there and no one really managed to make a real charge at me, so I was thankful for that,” he said.
Rutledge’s final round playing partners — Rod Spittle and Scott Allred — tied for fourth at four under, while Keir Smith placed sixth at two under.
On Credit Valley’s back nine, Rutledge had some tree troubles on Nos. 13 and 14, but kept his round together with his wedges. “I had some really good saves today after hitting some stray tee shots,” said Rutledge.
“I made a good birdie on 13 after clipping the tree on my approach and then an even better par on 14, when I got a wild bounce into the trees off the tee,” he said. With his win,
Rutledge is halfway to Moe Norman’s record of eight PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada wins. Rutledge says he’s well aware of Norman’s record, but also admits this week is about much more than winning.
“As long as I can keep healthy I’ll keep playing in this championship and keep chasing Moe,” he said.
“I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again, as much as it is about winning this week, it’s also about coming home, seeing some old buddies and having a bunch of laughs,” said Rutledge.
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