Patrick Newcomb Endured 38 Holes On Sunday, Including Four In A Playoff With Max Rottluff. (Oilers Entertainment Group/Andy Devlin)
Patrick Newcomb Wins Syncrude Oil Country Championship Presented By AECON
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2017-08-07
EDMONTON, Alberta — Murray, Kentucky’s Patrick Newcomb endured a marathon day of 38 holes at Windermere Golf and Country Club, shooting a final round 4-under 66 then defeating Germany’s Max Rottluff in a playoff to win the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON for his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win.
The 27-year old sank a curling 18-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to become the first player to win on both the Mackenzie Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, where he captured the Honduras Open presented by Indura Beach and Golf Resort earlier this year.
“I came up here to win. A win really solidifies you and puts you in a good spot, and after three tough years, this has been the year for me to get to the Web.com Tour,” said Newcomb, who now ranks fifth on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit and eighth on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Starting the day one shot back of Tacoma, Washington’s Derek Barron, Newcomb had 16 holes left to finish Round Three, in which he carded a 2-under 68 to remain one behind Barron. It was Rottluff, however, who quickly emerged as the man to beat, playing well ahead of the leaders and carding six birdies in his first 13 holes to jump out to the lead at 16-under, where he would go on to post the clubhouse lead.
“I felt I played pretty good. Starting the day out, I don’t know how many shots back I was, so it was a long day for sure and I played well,” said Rottluff, a winner already this year at the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist, as well as last year at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open.
Heading to the back nine four shots behind, Newcomb needed a spark and found it thanks to some inspiration from his caddie, Windermere member Dave Kakoschke.
“Dave kept me in it on the back nine. I was walking down 10 and I hit it right and I was in a bad spot, and he goes, ‘let’s be scrappy and get around here, make a couple birdies and see where we’re at.’ That shoved me back in it, and we were just rolling from there,” said Newcomb, who reeled off three straight birdies to get within one.
With one shot to make up down the stretch, Newcomb continued to play aggressively, eventually making a 15-footer for birdie at 17 to match Rottluff with one hole to go.
“I knew if I didn’t play well down the stretch and folded, that’s just part of it,” said Newcomb, adding that the adrenaline from being in the hunt kept him going on a marathon day. “Once you have a chance to win, everything livens up a bit.”
The Murray State graduate had a chance to win outright on 18, but left his putt for the title just short to fall into a playoff. The first three extra holes settled nothing, with Rottluff missing two long but makeable putts for the win and Newcomb lipping out on one.
Finally, after finding the 18th green for the fifth time on Sunday, Newcomb finally got his birdie putt to drop for the first time all day, securing the win and leading to an exuberant fist pump to accentuate the win.
“I thought I missed high, that was the funny part,” admitted Newcomb about his winning putt. “I just gave it a little more, and five feet away I was like, ‘I cannot believe this is not gonna go in.’ It just curled in the top edge, and it felt amazing.”
27-year old Patrick Newcomb was making his fourth career start on the Mackenzie Tour this week, playing out of a category for members of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, where he ranks eighth on the Order of Merit thanks to a win at the Honduras Open presented by Indura Beach and Golf Resort.
With the win, Newcomb becomes the first player to win on both the Mackenzie Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Newcomb played college golf at Murray State, where he collected nine individual victories. He co-held the lead at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel through 54 holes but fell to a final round 79 and finished T38.
Newcomb matched the Windermere Golf and Country Club Course Record with an 8-under 62 on Saturday, matching Joe Panzeri and Matt Marshall at the 2012 ATB Financial Classic. The course played as a par-71 in 2012.
Newcomb’s caddie this week is Windermere member Dave Kakoschke.
Including events on the Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, the Mackenzie Tour and the Kentucky State Open, Newcomb was playing in his 11th straight competitive week.
DU TOIT TAKES FREEDOM 55 FINANCIAL TOP CANADIAN
With a total score of 11-under par in a tie for ninth, Kimberley, British Columbia’s Jared du Toit finished as the top Canadian on the leaderboard, earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours and a $2,500 prize.
The top Canadian on the leaderboard each week takes home the award, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning the Dan Halldorson Trophy, Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours and a $25,000 prize.
RACE FOR THE FIVE HEATS UP
The top five players on the Order of Merit at season’s end will earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2017. Below are the top five through seven of 12 events:
- Robby Shelton $55,473
- Johnny Ruiz $55,031
- Max Rottluff $51,354
- Kramer Hickok $49,189
- Patrick Newcomb $38,255
THEY SAID IT:
“In Saskatoon, my first win, I played 35 holes on Sunday, so that was up there. I’m going to Calgary and then Ottawa, and my game is feeling good, so I’m excited for next week.” – Max Rottluff on a close call this week in Edmonton.
- Weather: 25 degrees Celsius (feels like 30), Winds 5 km/h to 8 km/h.
- Round 3 resumed at 8 a.m. after being delayed due to dangerous weather on Saturday afternoon.
- The 36-hole cut came at 1-over with 66 players at T58 or better.
- Newcomb received seven free daily rental vouchers for a rental car from AVIS for the win.