The PGA Championship of Canada wrapped up yesterday evening with Danny King and Oliver Tubb battling it out on Cabot Links’ 18th green. Surrounded by fans and fellow players, King brought the tournament to a close after sinking a four-foot putt, securing his fourth match play victory of the tournament and the championship title.
“To have my name etched on this trophy among the legends of golf is really surreal,” King said. “Guys like George Knudson who mentored me when I was growing up and Bob Panasik, a man I absolutely admire, have won the PGA Championship and now I can say I have too.”
King was awarded the coveted P.D Ross trophy last night after it was paraded into the awards ceremony in traditional Cape Breton style - with a bagpiper leading the way, of course. King was also awarded a $15,000 winner’s cheque and earned 60-ranking points, moving him inside the top five on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings.
The four-day tournament, which succeeded in bringing 64 of Canada’s top-ranked players to Inverness, Cape Breton this past week, consisted of two rounds of stroke play followed by four match play rounds. All 64 players were treated to authentic links conditions Tuesday during the second round of stroke play, where gusty winds, fast fairways and firm greens made for challenging and exciting golf.
Jeff Dykeman, Chief Business Officer of the PGA of Canada claims it was “one of the most incredible PGA National Championships” that he has ever been involved in.
“Everything was first class from day one” said Dykeman. “The collaboration between all of our partners and our host venue of Cabot Links allowed our PGA Professionals to showcase their impressive talents.”
The newly crowned champion, Danny King, attributed some of his success on the course to embracing the links experience.
“Every time I step on a tee I look around and take it all in.” King explained. “You can’t help but feel relaxed out here and that’s one of the reasons I’m hitting it better than I ever have before in my life.”
The week featured an impressive show of talent and spirit for the game of golf and Cabot could not be more pleased with how the whole thing played out. It was the first national championship tournament hosted at Cabot but after such a remarkable week of golf, it is safe to say that it will be the first of many.
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