American Fishburn Wins Canada Life Championship

Patrick Fishburn wins Canada Life Championship

Patrick Fishburn wins 2019 Canada Life Championship. Photo: Claus Andersen/MacKenzie Tour.

LONDON, ONT — Firing his second consecutive 64 on Sunday at Highland Country Club, Patrick Fishburn claimed his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada victory, taking the title at the Canada Life Championship, beating David Pastore by three strokes.

“I wanted to shoot 63 today, because I shot 66, 65, and 64, so I wanted to keep it going,” said the 27-year old. “I knew I needed to make a lot of birdies because there are so many good players out here.”

Fishburn, who says he was “knocking on the door a lot this season,” came just a stroke shy of victory earlier this season in Windsor after a bogey on his final hole.

“That was kind of a bad moment,” said Fishburn, who was bogey-free Sunday. “I was glad to be able to bounce back and learn from that and get it done today. I’m excited.”

Playing alongside friend Jeremy Paul, who Fishburn played nearly all of his practice rounds with this season, the Brigham Young University alum bounced back in the biggest way, earning his first Mackenzie Tour victory.

“When I found out I was playing with [Paul], I was excited; it was just another level of comfort,” said Fishburn, who moved all the way from 11th to fifth on the Order of Merit with the win. “Moving to No. 5 was an unexpected bonus, so I’m pumped about that.”

Polishing off a consistent season, Fishburn had made 17 consecutive Mackenzie Tour cuts before missing his first weekend of the year at last week’s Mackenzie Investments Open in Montreal.

“The putter has been hot some weeks and cold some weeks, but overall I played really well all year,” said Fishburn. “Missing that cut last week might’ve been a good thing to refresh and regroup for here London.”

Due to his charge up the Order of Merit, Fishburn earns status on the Korn Ferry Tour for the first time in his career.

Meanwhile, James Allenby picked up his second Canada Life Canadian Player of the Week Award of the season, firing a 62 Sunday, which included a 28 on the back nine.

Key Information
•After a consistent season that included four top-10 finishes, David Pastore backed up a third-place finish at the Mackenzie Investments Open with a runner-up finish this week in London. Closing with a 63, Pastore moved from 13th to seventh on the Order of Merit to pick up 2020 Korn Ferry Tour membership.
•Making six birdies and an eagle Sunday, Jonathan Garrick finished alone in fourth in London and moved from 12th to 10th on the Order of Merit, earning Korn Ferry Tour status for the first time in his career.
•Entering the week 31st on the Order of Merit, Jeremy Paul tied for sixth at the Canada Life Championship to leap up to the 22nd spot, earning him an exemption into the second stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School.
•Patrick Fishburn played his final 34 holes of the Canada Life Championship bogey-free. After eagling No. 1 in Saturday’s third round, he made bogey on the second hole. After that, it was nothing but birdies and pars for Fishburn. He played those 34 holes in 11-under.
•As an exclamation point to his round—and tournament—Patrick Fishburn stuffed his approach shot on No. 18 Sunday to about a foot, easily tapping in for birdie on his final stroke of the tournament.
•The win was Patrick Fishburn’s second professional tournament win but his first as a professional. While still in college, playing as an amateur, Fishburn won his state open, the 2017 Utah Open, by nine shots.

Quotable

“I felt really comfortable here, and going into a lead I thought I had a good shot. I really like the golf course, and I love the volunteers and the community here, so I had good feelings coming into the week and it turned out pretty well for me.” – Patrick Fishburn

“It’s fun to see all of Canada, from the West to the East. [My wife] has a full-time job and makes a bit of money for us back home. Last week was actually her first time coming out, so it’s fun to have her here supporting me and It’s been fun playing the Tour.” – Patrick Fishburn on his wife, Madison

One of my big goals was to win out here this year, and I waited until the last one, but I was able to pull it off. Also, trying to jump into the top five was a goal, so I’m thrilled that I accomplished my goals.” – Patrick Fishburn

“Obviously I’ve had a great year, with two wins, and I’ve been playing some really good golf. I started off great and didn’t have the weekend I was hoping for, but I was there until the end. I was grinding. The putts didn’t go in today, but overall, great year. I’m super excited to be finishing in the top five and hopefully have a great year next year.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I know what to expect. I know the courses a little bit. I’ve learned so much about myself and my game in the past few years on the Mackenzie Tour. It really prepares you for the next level. I’ll go in there with a different mindset and hopefully get off to a good start and continue to play well.”– Taylor Pendrith on his Korn Ferry Tour expectations

“I was here all year and really just tried to finish in the top 10. Obviously, No.1 is a huge accomplishment, but the top five is great. Finishing second is great because it’ll really move me to the next level. Like I said, overall, it was an awesome year. This week wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I played well.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I’m definitely one step further ahead, going to play the Korn Ferry Tour. If I play like I did this year, I should be in contention out there in some events. It should be exciting, and I can’t wait to get going.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I woke up Tuesday morning and could barely move my arm. It was an important week, and obviously I wanted to play, but ultimately, I didn’t know if I could. I got a couple of cortisone shots and kind of froze my shoulder and didn’t really feel much during the round, especially during the weekend.” – Taylor Pendrith on his shoulder issues this week

“The first two days were a big grind. I had to adjust what clubs I was hitting. The balls weren’t going very far. I was in a lot of pain. I’ll take care of it, and I earned some time off now. I’ll take care of it and come back stronger.” – Taylor Pendrith

Ed. Note: The host club this year raised $32,000 for official charity Childcan.

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