With a final round three-under 69 at Fort McMurray Golf Club, Joel Dahmen of Clarkston, Wash., won the Syncrude Boreal Open by five strokes on Sunday, claiming his second PGA Tour Canada win of the season and taking a commanding lead on the Order of Merit.
Dahmen, who won the PC Financial Open three weeks ago in Vancouver for his first PGA TOUR Canada win, leads the Order of Merit with $56,813 in earnings, and has a $28,815 lead on second place.
“I played really solid. I hit it great again,” said Dahmen, who finished 22 under for the week.
“I actually missed the first green, but after that I settled down and I hit it great. I didn’t make many putts, but I didn’t really have to. I made a birdie on nine to take a five-shot lead into the back nine and after that, nobody really made a push towards me,” he said.
Dahmen became the first wire-to-wire winner on PGA Tour Canada since John Ellis at the 2008 Mexican PGA Championship.
The top three on the Order of Merit through the Staal Foundation Open, which concludes July 20, earn a spot in the RBC Canadian Open.
“This virtually locks up my RBC Canadian Open spot, I’m pretty sure, so I get to play my first PGA Tour event in a month or so. That’s going to be incredible,” said Dahmen, who will also make his second career Web .com Tour start next week at the United Leasing Championship on a sponsor’s exemption.
At 15 under, Vancouver’s Ryan Williams finished fourth and claimed Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours, finishing two strokes ahead of Seann Harlingten of West Vancouver and Riley Wheeldon of Comox, B.C.
The top Canadian at each PGA Tour Canada event earns the award plus a $1,500 prize, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end being named Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year.
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On the PGA Tour, Graham DeLaet finished the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Ct., with a two-under 68 that left him at three under for the tournament, good for a tie for 51st.
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Rod Spittle shot a final round, one-over 73 at the Encompass Championship in Glenview, Ill., to tie for 49th. Jim Rutledge tied for 73rd.
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