The 2014 PGA Tour has been the year of 54 holes leaders not being able to seal the deal. Well, at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open it was no different. After shooting a 2nd round 63 and 3rd round 65 Jim Furyk had a three shot lead and it looked as though he would get the job done in the final round. Given with how well he was playing and given that this wasn’t Furyk’s first rodeo that still wasn’t enough.
Tim Clark started off the round three strokes back and while not impossible, it looked as though Clark would probably have to shoot at least a 5-under 65 to have a chance. Well, guess what? Clark shot a 65 and that was enough to beat Furyk by a stroke. Furyk ended up shooting a 1-under final round of 69.
Instead of Furyk winning his third Canadian Open and winning his 17th career PGA Tour victory, it’s Tim Clark winning his first Canadian Open and his 2nd PGA Tour victory.
Justin Hicks finished 6-under for the tournament to give himself a shot at winning as he was the clubhouse leader as Clark and Furyk finished up their rounds. Hicks came up just a little bit short as he finished alone in 3rd at 13-under par for the tournament 4 strokes behind Clark.
The top 10 machine, Matt Kuchar, made a nice little move on Sunday. Kuchar shot a 5-under 65 to get to 11-under for the tournament and in a tie for 4th place. Michael Putnam, the first round co-leader, hung around for rounds two and three and made a little move himself in the final round. Putnam shot a 4-under par for the tournament and 11-under for the tournament.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano also had a quality final round as he shot a 4-under 66 to join Kuch and Putnam at 11-under in a tie for 4th.
The highest finishing Canadian was Graham DeLaet. DeLaet ended up in a tie for 7th place and the Canadian Open will have to wait another year before a Canadian wins their national championship.
For DeLaet, he’s going to have to wait another week to get that elusive first career PGA Tour win. Dicky Pride had the low round of the day shooting a 7-under 63 to finish at 10-under par and in a tie for 7th.
Brad Fritsch and Kevin Kisner both had pretty good rounds themselves as they shot 6-under for the round to finish in a tie for 10th at 9-under par. Graeme McDowell also finished 9-under for the tournament as well.
It’s been a struggle all year long for Ernie Els, but The Big Easy finally had a quality performance. Els finished 8-under for the tournament and finished in a tie for 12th along with Joe Durant, Ben Curtis, Ratief Goosen, and Nick Watney.
Scott Brown finished T-20 at 7-under. Defending champion Brandt Snedeker finished in a tie for 25th at 6-under par along with William McGirt, Scott Piercy, and Will Wilcox. Russell Knox finished in a tie for 29th at 5-under par. Stewart Cink: T-34 4-under, Ben Crane: 4-under, Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith finished 3-under T-43, and Charl Schwartzel finished in a tie for 43rd, as well.
The PGA Tour heads to Akron, Ohio for the WGC-Bridgstone Invitational next week where many of the top golfers will tee it up.