Danny Walker Wins PGA TOUR Canada Osprey Valley Open

Danny Walker

(PGA TOUR Canada) CALEDON, Ontario, Canada—Danny Walker did what he had to do. The leader after the second and third rounds capped it off with a playoff win at the Osprey Valley Open presented by Votorantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates.

After finishing regulation tied with Cooper Musselman at 16-under, Walker made a five-foot birdie on the first playoff hole to claim the PGA TOUR Canada event and 500 Fortinet Cup points that lifted him to the top of the points standings through four tournaments. He was excited about his first victory since prevailing at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in 2018.

“It was a stressful day. Cooper was really playing well and pushing me the whole time,” Walker said of the early start. Because inclement weather was forecasted, officials incorporated split tees and earlier-than-normal start times to beat the rain.

“So, it was stressful, but (I’m) happy to get it done,” Walker added.

Walker entered the final round with a three-stroke lead. It quickly evaporated, though, as players, including Musselman, cut into their deficits. Musselman had birdies on five of his first eight holes then added a couple on the back nine. The last one, on No. 18, forced the playoff. However, any hopes Musselman had of winning ended with Walker pouring in his birdie putt after a sublime approach shot on the same hole where Musselman forced the extra session.

“He played great. I shot 65 today in the final group and still didn’t beat him,” Musselman said of Walker. “That goes to show that he’s a great player, a tremendous competitor, and we had a lot of fun out there.”

Thomas Longbella and Harrison Ott finished 14-under and in a tie for third. Longbella made an impressive run of five consecutive birdies (holes 8-12) at one point to move into contention 

Parker Gillam, J.T. Griffin and Jacob Solomon shared fifth place, at 13-under. Cooper Dossey, Gavin Hall, Jeffrey Kang and Kieran Vincent finished eighth, at 12-under. Hall made eight birdies en route to his first top-10 finish of the season, shooting a second consecutive 66.

After third-round play, Walker was asked about Sunday’s weather forecast and if it motivated him to be in the lead just in case rain canceled the final round. Walker acknowledged knowing thunderstorms were expected in the afternoon but added he never considered any scenarios where the leader could be declared the winner. 

“No, I didn’t. I wasn’t thinking about it that way, especially with the conditions out here. You just can’t force anything,” Walker said. “If I was thinking like, Gosh, I have to be first going into tomorrow, I would have just made some sloppy bogeys.”

Walker’s mindset was firmly set on the final round being played, and he capped a week with four sub-70 rounds, including his second-round 62, his career-low round as a pro. He shot a 64 at the 2019 Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae on the Korn Ferry Tour.

PGA TOUR Canada moves to Tottenham, Ontario, this week at Woodington Lake’s (Legend Course) for the Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Open.

How the Canadians fared

Wil Bateman (Edmonton, Ontario), Myles Creighton (Digby, Nova Scotia), Andrew Harrison (Camrose, Alberta) and Max Sear (Markham, Ontario) all finished 10-under and in a tie for 13th place. Here is how the remaining Canadians who made the cut finished.

T13Wil Bateman68-68-69-69—274 (10-under)
T13Myles Creighton73-68-68-65—274 (10-under)
T13Andrew Harrison71-71-67-65—274 (10-under)
T13Max Sear69-73-63-69—274 (10-under)
T20Brendan MacDougall73-67-69-67—276 (8-under)
T35Drew Nesbitt71-70-68-71—280 (4-under)
T35Joey Savoie74-66-69-71—280 (4-under)
T47Lawren Rowe73-67-70-72—282 (2-under)
T51Chris R. Wilson73-69-75-66—283 (1-under)
T51Sudarshan Yellamaraju71-68-73-71—283 (1-under)
T57Blair Hamilton67-73-71-73—284 (Even)
T60Jimmy Jones75-67-70-73—285 (1-over)
T66James Allenby71-65-75-78—289 (5-over)
T66Cougar Collins68-68-78-75—289 (5-over)
68Thomas Code74-64-81-78—297 (13-over)

Danny Walker not only won the Osprey Valley Open, he also took the lead in the Fortinet Cup standings. The former University of Virgina player started the week in 18th place. Among the players in the top 20, Thomas Longbella had the biggest jump, up 26 positions, to No. 13.

Fortinet Cup Standings

(Through Osprey Valley Open presented by Votrantim Cimentos – CBM Aggregates)

1Danny Walker (U.S.)620
2Wil Bateman (Canada)591
3Brian Carlson (U.S.)562
4Scott Stevens (U.S.)519
5Cooper Musselman (U.S.)418
6Joe Highsmith (U.S.)379
7Cooper Dossey (U.S.)374
8Jake Knapp (U.S.)364
9Chris R. Wilson (Canada)336
10Jorge Villar (Mexico)258

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