Miernicki Wins Mackenzie Tour ATB Financial Classic

Daniel Miernicki wins the 2015 Mackenzie Tour ATB Financial Classic
Daniel Miernicki wins the 2015 Mackenzie Tour ATB Financial Classic
Daniel Miernicki wins the 2015 Mackenzie Tour ATB Financial Classic

(August 2, 2015 – Cochrane, Alta.) – Santee, California’s Daniel Miernicki shot a final round 6-under 64 at The Links of GlenEagles on Sunday to win the ATB Financial Classic, his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win.

The three-time All-American at the University of Oregon rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to finish at 17-under par, then looked on as the final four pairings failed to match his score, giving him the victory by a stroke over Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Danny Sahl and moving him to sixth on the Order of Merit.

“It was moving,” said Miernicki of his winning putt. “It was probably going to go five or six feet by and I was not gonna want to have that putt. When I saw it drop I was just so relived and excited and had all kinds of emotions.”

The second year Mackenzie Tour member, who has split time between Canada and the Web.com Tour this season, began the day four shots off the lead held by Moscow, Idaho’s Chris Williams, but quickly moved to the top of the leaderboard with two birdies and an eagle through his first six holes.

Four more birdies, including his dramatic finisher at the last, offset two bogeys coming in and gave Miernicki a 17-under total. A handful of competitors had opportunities to tie, but when Sahl and France’s Julien Brun were unable to produce eagles at the par-5 finishing hole, Miernicki was in the clear as the champion. Miernicki earned $31,500 for the win.

“At the beginning of the day I thought 18- or 19-under was going to win, but the course was set up tough,” said Miernicki, who admitted the win was a major breakthrough for his young professional career. “It’s been a little bit of a struggle for me. I would have liked to have this success right when I came out of school, but to have it happen now feels amazing. It’s my second year out here, and I’ve played well at times but I really haven’t felt the heat of really coming down the stretch and having a chance to win, so to pull it off feels amazing.”

Now sixth on the Order of Merit, Miernicki said he’ll focus on Mackenzie Tour events for the remainder of the season to try and finish in the top five on the Order of Merit and improve his status on the Web.com Tour for next year.

“[Last year] I had three top-10s but my best finish was fourth and I ended up finishing 36th on the money list, and you really need top three finishes, let alone a win. Needless to say I’ll be playing the last five events hoping to finish as high as I can,” said Miernicki.

Sahl, a former Mackenzie Tour winner who caddies full-time for Mike Weir on the PGA TOUR, earned $18,900 for his solo second place finish along with Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours. With the blessing of Weir, who is taking a personal leave of absence from the PGA TOUR, Sahl said he’s all in to resume his playing career and will take it as far as he can.

“I came into the week with low expectations, but I definitely believed in my game and my swing and what I was doing out there, and it paid off. It means I can still compete out here. I’m kind of an older guy and this is a young Tour now. I don’t recognize a lot of the faces, but I’m 35 and I’m in my prime right now so I’m ready to move forward with it,” said Sahl, who won the 2011 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.

Two shots back in a five-way tie for third was Adam Svensson, who has yet to finish outside the top three in three starts this season, along with Mackenzie Hughes, Julien Brun, Chris Williams and Jonathan Khan, who all posted season-best finishes on the Mackenzie Tour.

1 Miernicki, Daniel Santee, CA 64 66 69 64 263
2 Sahl, Danny Edmonton, AB 64 70 64 66 264
T3 Svensson, Adam Vancouver, BC 69 64 67 65 265
T3 Williams, Chris Moscow, ID 69 65 61 70 265
T3 Khan, Jonathan Tucson, AZ 68 62 66 69 265
T3 Brun, Julien Antibes, France 63 67 67 68 265
T3 Hughes, Mackenzie Dundas, ON 66 67 68 64 265
T8 Tracy, Ethan Galloway, OH 65 67 67 67 266
T8 McCoy, Nate West Des Moines, IA 69 68 64 65 266
T10 Pastore, David Rye Brook, NY 66 66 67 68 267
T10 Van Sickle, Mike Pittsburg, PA 65 68 66 68 267
T10 Pendrith, Taylor Richmond Hill, ON 69 66 66 66 267
T13 Spooner, Kevin West Vancouver, BC 69 68 65 66 268
T13 Hansen, Matt Los Osos, CA 66 67 68 67 268
T15 Buckley, Max Rye, NY 68 67 67 67 269
T15 Ballo, Mike Stamford, CT 68 66 68 67 269
T15 Heffernan, Wes Calgary, AB 67 67 66 69 269
T18 Millard, Jason Murfreesboro, TN 67 66 68 69 270
T18 Gillgren, Linus Onsala, Sweden 69 66 68 67 270
T18 Gligic, Michael Burlington, ON 64 67 68 71 270
T18 Letzig, Michael Kansas City, MO 67 64 70 69 270
T18 DeMoss, Mookie Athens, GA 69 64 64 73 270
T23 Polland, Ben Bloomington, MN 70 67 66 68 271
T23 Hoag, Bo Columbus, OH 68 67 69 67 271
T23 Petersson, Thomas Sweden 71 65 69 66 271
T23 Edmondson, Zachary Morrisville, NC 65 69 69 68 271
T27 Peck, Cameron Olympia, WA 64 67 70 71 272
T27 Whitsett, Cory St. Simons Island, GA 66 66 70 70 272
T27 Letson, Doug Tampa, FL 74 63 68 67 272
T27 Dennis, Jeff Jacksonville, FL 70 64 70 68 272
T27 Panzeri, Joe Meridian, ID 65 68 67 72 272
T32 Fink, David Kailua, HI 66 69 69 69 273
T32 Onesi, Eric Bear, DE 72 65 69 67 273
T32 Wong, Eugene Vancouver, BC 66 68 71 68 273
T32 Hill, Matt Sarnia, ON 65 70 72 66 273
T32 Smith, Matthew Canberra, Australia 67 67 66 73 273
T32 Ryder, Sam Longwood, FL 70 65 68 70 273
T32 Gooch, Talor Choctaw, OK 65 70 68 70 273
T39 Clapp, Brad Chilliwack, BC 68 68 69 69 274
T39 Bowden, Daniel Easley, SC 73 64 70 67 274
T39 McCarthy, Daniel Syracuse, NY 66 66 72 70 274
T39 Hamm, Jeff Danville,CA 68 69 68 69 274
T39 Miller, Michael Brewster, NY 69 67 69 69 274
T39 Wheeldon, Riley Comox BC 69 68 69 68 274
T45 Cornelson, Adam Langley, BC 69 68 69 69 275
T45 Winegardner, Charlie Palm Beach Gardens, FL 65 67 69 74 275
T45 Marinell, Chase Cape Coral, FL 68 69 71 67 275
T45 Hemmerich, Chris Kitchener, ON 71 66 72 66 275
T45 Shin, Justin Pitt Meadows, BC 69 68 69 69 275
T45 McCracken, Logan Oklahoma City, OK 72 64 68 71 275
T45 Williams, Ryan Vancouver,BC 71 63 72 69 275
T52 Gillespie, Derek Oshawa, ON 69 66 73 68 276
T52 Browne Jr., Olin Jupiter, FL 63 70 71 72 276
T54 Hughes, Brian Raleigh, NC 65 70 71 71 277
T54 Renfrew, Cory Victoria, BC 65 64 71 77 277
T54 Anderson, Stuart Strathmore, AB 69 66 72 70 277
T57 Weaver, Drew Atlanta, GA 66 68 74 70 278
T57 Rein, Jeff Cibolo, TX 64 72 71 71 278
T57 Wilshire, Kyle Georgetown, KY 70 67 74 67 278
T57 Fleming, Riley Airdrie, AB 66 71 71 70 278
T61 Pinizzotto, Matthew Salinas, CA 67 68 74 70 279
T61 Carney, Stephen Tulsa, OK 69 68 71 71 279
T61 Light, Tyler Massillon, OH 68 68 70 73 279
T64 Killmer, Chris Bellingham, WA 66 71 71 72 280
T64 Skinns, David Lincoln, England 67 68 77 68 280
T64 Buttacavoli, Michael Miami, FL 65 69 70 76 280
T64 Hakula, Toni Espoo, Finland 69 67 76 68 280
T68 Worrell, Chris Jenks, OK 66 69 74 72 281
T68 Dunlap, Ty Trophy Club, TX 68 69 72 72 281
T70 Machtaler, Greg Summerland, BC 67 69 69 77 282
T70 Cho, Rak Los Angeles, CA 65 71 72 74 282
72 Stinson, Kevin Mission, BC 68 69 70 76 283
73 Schoolcraft, Michael Denver, CO 66 70 78 70 284