Marc-Etienne Bussieres parlayed a stellar final nine holes at Richmond Country Club into a win at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada on Wednesday.
Bussieres closed with a final-round, six-under-par 66 Thursday, making an eagle and three birdies over the final nine holes to chase down and eventually pass his good friend Sonny Michaud.
Heading into the final round, Michaud held a five-shot lead over the PGA of Canada’s No. 1-ranked player. Bussieres knew, however, that a solid round on Wednesday could give him the win.
“With conditions being a little windier and firmer today, I knew it wouldn’t be easy out there, so if I put together a really good round, I could still catch Sonny,” said Bussieres.
“I made that eagle on No. 10 and that gave me a little fire and after the birdie on 15 I just had a feeling because I was just hitting it so well,” he said.
For what seemed like miles and miles worth of made putts over the first two days for Michaud, his putter went cold on Wednesday, which concluded with a final round 72.
“It’s tough trying to win wire-to-wire because if you’re behind, there’s no pressure, you just play golf,” said Michaud. “I don’t feel like I lost this championship, rather Marc actually won it, but I do wish I was holding the trophy right now and there’s a sour taste in my mouth.”
Playing in his first career PGA of Canada national championship, Cory Renfrew finished alone in third spot, three shots back at 12 under. Also playing in his first national championship as a PGA of Canada member, Dillon Bastel locked up fourth spot at 11 under.
The final leaderboard is here.