Eugene Wong makes it three straight wins
Eugene Wong completed a hat trick Sunday, winning
the Canadian Tour’s season-ending Great Waterway Classic by a stroke.
What a roll Wong is on. The rookie pro has won three tournaments in as many weeks and his career is just two months old.
Wong of West Vancouver, B.C., won the Canadian Tour Championship on Aug. 26 in his fourth pro start by holing out his approach shot on the 72nd hole for eagle, then followed that on Sept. 2 with more final-hole heroics at the Vancouver Open. He made a birdie on the last hole of the Vancouver Golf Tour event to shoot nine-under 63 while runner-up Scott Stiles struggled to a double-bogey.
Wong’s victory Sunday at Smuggler’s Glen in Ganonoque, Ont., was more methodical. The former amateur standout, who won the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award as the top U.S. college player, pulled away through the turn with five birdies over a seven-hole stretch and then hung on to defeat Daniel Im of the United States by a stroke.
Wong shot six-under 65 Sunday to finish at 18-under 266. He’s the only player with two victories on the developmental circuit this year.
“It’s been a pretty unbelievable stretch for me,” Wong, who turns 22 Monday, told cantour.com. “I just tried to stay focused on what I was doing and was fortunate to come out with the victory.”
He wasn’t the only big winner of the day. Matt Hill of Sarnia, Ont., tied for 27th place at four under Sunday but he held on to the No. 1 spot on the tour’s 2012 money list. Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., was a shot better in a tie for 22nd and stayed in second place on the list.
Cory Renfrew of Victoria put on a spirited charge to move up the money list from third place, shooting six-under 65 Sunday for a share of 18th spot. But he didn’t earn quite enough to catch Gligic, finishing the season about $1,500 behind Gligic. (Wong moved to fourth.)
For finishing 1-2, Hill and Gligic get to bypass the often-perilous first stage of the PGA Tour’s qualifying tournament, or Q-school. They’ll join the three-stage Q-school in the second stage in November.
Hill also earned Canadian rookie-of-the-year honours, and Andrew Roque of the United States received the international equivalent.