/ Rob Leth, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
CARDIGAN, Prince Edward Island—With the remnants of Hurricane Ida rolling through the Maritimes on Thursday, Callum Davison persevered to capture the Brudenell River Classic, capping the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s two-week stint on Prince Edward Island.
The Duncan, British Columbia, native shot a final-round of 3-under, 69 to finish the tournament at 15-under, one shot better than Golf Canada Amateur Team member Noah Steele.
“It feels great,” said Davison, the only player on Tour to employ the unorthodox cross-handed grip on full swings. “I hit it great off the tee all week, so that was huge. I’ve been struggling with that this season, and I just made some putts when I needed to.”
Steele, of Kingston, Ontario was looking for his second consecutive victory after winning the Osprey Valley Open at TPC Toronto two weeks ago. He finished with 4-under 68, just falling short of forcing a playoff.
“If you would have told me that 4-under par was what I would have signed for, I don’t know if I would have believed you,” said Steele. “I didn’t hit it amazing, but I just managed really well and just grinded away and stayed in it. So, I’m proud of that.”
It rained all day at Brudenell River Golf Course, intensifying on the back nine as the lead groups came down the stretch. The grounds crew employed squeegees on the last few greens as puddles began to form.
“After (No.) 12 it was terrible,” said Davison of the weather as he bogeyed two of his last three holes. “I was just trying to make contact. If you miss it, at least miss it in the right areas so you can at least try to make a par. By the time we got to 17, it was not really very playable. I’m just glad on 18 all I had to do was make a six (to force a playoff).”
“It was a mess, and just got progressively worse,” added Steele. “We got to start the day without really much (rain) at all, and it would start and stop, and then it just got progressively harder and harder. Those last four holes, you kind of lost it. You couldn’t keep anything dry anymore, clubs were slipping, and it was getting pretty messy.”
John Williams finished alone in third place, at 11-under, while four ended at 10-under, tied for fourth.
The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada now heads to Saskatchewan for next week’s inaugural Elk Ridge Open.
With his solo second finish, Steele takes over the top spot in the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Points List halfway through the 2021 schedule.
He attained his 800 points in just two starts, a win and a second, obviously making his decision to play the second Prince Edward Island event, a good one.
“I proved a lot to myself in Toronto, so just coming out here for a new week and a clean slate, I just wanted to continue that play the best that I could. There’s a lot to gain from the last two tournaments for sure,” he noted.
In his two starts, Steele is a cumulative 37-under-par in just 7 rounds.
Points List Standings
Through Brudenell River Classic