Vancouver, B.C.’s Stephen Ames took a 36-hole lead and converted it into his first victory on the PGA TOUR Champions Sunday at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.
Ames became the third Canadian to win on the tour with a tournament record 15 under par (67-68-66) over the TPC Sugarloaf layout in Duluth, Georgia. Dave Barr and Rod Spittle preceded him in 2003 and 2010, respectively.
His run to a four-stroke victory was never in doubt. He gained space on the field immediately in the final round as he made birdie on his first hole of the day and doubled his overnight lead to two. Three more birdies over the next six holes put him in the driver seat. No other player managed to better 11 under par in their pursuit of the Trinidad-born Ames who has dual citizenship.
Bernhard Langer took second place at -11 while the trio of Brandt Jobe, Fred Funk, and David Frost shared third at -10.
The victory came in the 49th start on PGA TOUR Champions for Ames. He is now the 11th player to have wins on the Web.com, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions. Ames won four times on the PGA TOUR including the 2006 PLAYERS Championship.
For the victory Ames won (USD) $270,000 and has now moved up to 5th place in the Charles Schwab Cup standings with $382,800.