Canadian Pendrith Claims 1932byBateman Open

Story & Photos: Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada

EDMONTON, ALTA — For the first time since 2016, a Canadian picked up a win on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada.

Entering the 1932byBateman open with a heap of momentum following a runner-up finish at the Osprey Valley Open and a T3 at the HFX Pro-Am, Taylor Pendrith set the Edmonton Country Club course record with a closing 62, the best round on Sunday by three strokes, to win on the Mackenzie Tour for the first time of his career.

“I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet, but it feels really good and I’ve been so close many times,” said Pendrith, who lost in three separate playoffs during his 2015 Mackenzie Tour campaign. “To know that I’m a winner on this Tour brings me a lot of confidence. It’s hard to win on any Tour, so it feels awesome to be the champion here.”

41 events have transpired on the Mackenzie Tour since Adam Cornelson won the 2016 Bayview Place DCBankOpen, the last time a red and white flag was at the top of a leaderboard at week’s end.

“I’m having a lot of fun this year, travelling around and trying to have more fun than I have in the past,” said the Golf Canada Young Pro Squad team member. “It’s so cool seeing the fans out cheering on the Canadians, I’m not sure if there’s ever been more Canadians on the PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry Tour and here, so it’s pretty awesome.”

Pendrith entered Sunday trailing leader Will Gordon by four strokes, but birdies on three of his final four holes on the front nine quickly shrunk the gap and put the Canadian within two of the lead.

“Honestly, I didn’t look at the leaderboard all day today,” said Pendrith, who has played his last 16 Mackenzie Tour rounds in the 60s. “I’ve been playing really well the past few events and I knew a low one would potentially jump me up. I had a feeling on the first tee I was going to go post a low one.”

Three more birdies in his next six holes matched Pendrith with Gordon and Ryan Ruffels, who was also having himself a day with five birdies in his first 10 holes.

Eyeing down the 17th hole, where he had made eagle in two of his previous three rounds, Pendrith launched a mammoth drive 390-yards down the fairway and had a gap wedge into the 560-yard hole.

“I figured I was getting close to the lead, but I didn’t really know,” said the 28-year old. “I thought about hitting 3-wood, but I decided that I had been hitting driver great all week, so I stuck with it and hit a really good drive, the best of the week there for sure.”

The Richmond Hill, Ontario native stuck his shot 10-feet from the cup and watched anxiously as his eagle try caught the edge of the hole and dropped to give himself a two-stroke lead.

“It was a really difficult putt, but it caught the high side,” said the fourth-ranked player on the Order of Merit. “I thought it was going to lip out on the high side, and then it dropped and that really capped off the round.”

Pendrith made a stress-free two-putt on the par-3 finishing hole and then went to the driving range to prepare for what could have been the first playoff of the season.

“It’s nice to finally break through and get that win,” said Pendrith. “I’ve been so close before, especially this season. With four events left I really want to keep that momentum going and maybe even jump another spot up the Order of Merit.”

Along with the victory, Pendrith picked up his fourth Canada Life Canadian Player of the Week Award of the season and is in good position to secure the second Dan Halldorson trophy of his career, awarded to the Canada Life Canadian Player of the Year.

Making birdie on his final two holes of the tournament, Lorens Chan finished as the runner-up to Pendrith.

Key Information
•Chan, who played the final two rounds in 131 strokes to match Pendrith for the lowest total over the final-36 holes, picked up his fourth top-5 finish of the season. The UCLA alum has played 27 out of 32 rounds this season in less than 70 strokes.
•Ian Holt moved into 12th spot on the Order of Merit with a T3 finish in Edmonton, marking the second-consecutive year that the Kent State alum has registered a top-3 finish at the event, finishing as the runner up to Tyler McCumber in 2018. Holt holed out for eagle on hole No. 6 on Saturday from 145-yards out and on Sunday, coincidentally, holed out from the same yardage on No. 16 for his second eagle of the day.
•Despite playing in just his third Mackenzie Tour event of the season, Australian Ryan Ruffels moved to the 15th position on the Order of Merit with a T3 finish. Between PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Mackenzie Tour, Ruffels has registered four top-5 finishes in 10 starts, and also has a T6 finish.
•Making his Mackenzie Tour debut, Canadian Myles Creighton played all four rounds in Edmonton under par to finish T14.

Quotable

“On the way to the green on No. 18 I asked where we stood and I learned I had a 2-shot lead. I thought if I could make one more it would be great, but I lagged it up and tapped it in for a 62. It was stress free and sometimes you have putts to win that are tougher than a 1-footer.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I finished second and tied for third this year and now I have a victory. I’ve been playing really good golf as of late and hopefully I can keep it going, but I have a ton of confidence right now and my mental state is great.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I hit a really good drive (on No. 17) right downwind and I had a gap wedge in, which makes the hole a lot easier. I hit a really good shot to 10-feet and nailed the putt. It was a difficult putt, but it caught the high lip and dripped in, which was great.” – Taylor Pendrith

“This course is awesome. Just fantastic. Stanley Thompson is one of my favourite designers and I know there’s been a lot of rain lately, but it was in fantastic shape. Everybody loved it and it was a great test. Second place being 14-under, that shows that it’s a difficult track, which is great. We like embracing the challenge of a hard golf course and this was definitely difficult.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I didn’t even think about the course record, I found out after that it was 63, but I kept my head down all day and just plugged away and tried to limit the mistakes and make as many birdies as possible, which you have to do when chasing the leader. It would have been nice to get that one on hole No. 18, but I’m not complaining.” – Taylor Pendrith

“It’s a long but short season out here. You only have a certain number of events, but a victory certainly helps to go along with a couple other good finishes.” – Taylor Pendrith

“The first hole I hit driver every day trying to get it on the green. I had a really good two-putt from 60 feet after being under a tree for my second shot. I made birdie on No. 3 after hitting a nice wedge to four feet. I made birdie on No. 6 with a two-putt and made birdie on No. 7, which was a bonus, and then made birdie on No. 9 to make the turn 4-under.” – Taylor Pendrith

“I hit a nice wedge on No. 10 to four feet for birdie and No. 12 was playing short, so it was nice to get one there and then I made birdie on No. 14. The eagle on No. 17 just capped the round off. I didn’t even know where I was, so to make that and then walk up to No. 18 with a two-stroke lead felt pretty good.” – Taylor Pendrith

“You have to be patient, that’s golf. I’ve been playing well the past couple weeks and today was my day and I’m super pumped to get it done.” – Taylor Pendrith

“The whole day I tried to stay as patient as I could. Yesterday I had it going but had a bad finish, so the entire time last night and this morning I wanted to do the same thing, except finish better, and I was able to do that.” – Lorens Chan

“It was nice getting the win in Halifax and then getting the week off to relax and refocus. I made a few too many mistakes this week, just mental errors, but I hung in there and had a good week. I’m excited to get to Calgary and try to do even better.” – Lorens Chan

“I’ve never played with Pendrith before, but I know he hits it dumb far. He’s been playing well the past few events and hasn’t finished outside the top-3 the past three events. That’s pretty good, and the top-5 is going to be pretty competitive on the money list down the stretch.” – Lorens Chan

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