With a par on the fourth hole of a playoff, Nate McCoy of Des Moines, Iowa, captured the Wildfire Invitational over Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., for his first career PGA Tour Canada win.
McCoy old shot a final round, seven-under 65 to post 19-under par, then watched as Gligic matched him with a birdie on 18 to tie and force a playoff.
After Gligic found the deep fescue left of the green and made bogey on the fourth playoff hole, McCoy secured the win with a par.
“It’s pretty amazing. I don’t know if it’s going to sink in until a little later,” said McCoy. “I went into the day thinking if I played well, I could at least contend. To walk away with the championship is really kind of surreal.”
The win moves McCoy to No. 8 on the Order of Merit with two events left in the season, just under $5,000 behind the No. 5 spot as he looks to secure status on the Web .com Tour for next season.
McCoy, who began the week 61st on the Order of Merit, said he was looking simply to get inside the top 60 and secure exempt status on PGA Tour Canada for 2015.
“It changes a lot,” said McCoy.
“Going in, I was just trying to keep my card. Now, we’ll see how far I can go and maybe try to improve my position,” he added.
“Right now it’s icing on the cake compared to what I was at. To be able to give myself the chance to get some Web .com Tour status if I can finish off well would be nice.”
Gligic also takes some positives away from Peterborough, Ont.
“I knew going into the day I needed a good one, and I did that. I played good coming down the stretch and there’s a lot of positives to take. I made a lot of putts coming down the stretch and I can just build on that,” Gligic said.
Gligic earned Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours along with a $1,500 prize after winning that award last week, finishing solo fourth at the Great Waterway Classic.
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