Heavy rain danced around the Country Hills Golf Club in Calgary last week. It allowed three rounds of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada ATB Financial Classic to be played. But that was all.
The final round of the tournament was cancelled on Sunday after heavy overnight rains led to flooding around the host venue. It left the golf course unplayable.
The beneficiary was England’s Charlie Bull, the third round leader who was converted to champion as a result.
A third round 65 (following opening rounds of 66 and 69) gave Bull a two-stroke victory over a foursome of golfers. His -16 total was two better than that of Austin Connelly, Scott Wolfes, Tyler McCumber, and Conrad Shindler.
“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. It’s so cool to win my first ever pro tournament,” Bull said. “It’s bizarre the way it’s all panned out. But I played great golf and even though it’s unfortunate not to have a four-round tournament I’m still so happy with how I played.”
Bull, just 24, was struggling with his game less than a month ago and was not even sure he would be playing the two events in Alberta after missing the cut at the Staal Foundation Open.
“To be where I was three weeks ago in Thunder Bay, to suddenly be here with a trophy is mind boggling,” said Bull, who jumps from No. 94 to No. 8 in the Order of Merit with four events remaining in the 2016 season.
The victory was his best finish since finishing second at The Great Waterway Classic at Loyalist Country Club in Bath, Ontario last year.