Vincent Dumouchel of Candiac, Que., won the 2011 PGA Championship of Canada on the 19th hole to claim his first national championship at age 27 at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
“This is unbelievable, this trophy looks like the Stanley Cup of golf,” said Dumouchel, former Quebec Zone Player of the Year.
“This is the biggest win of my life and with all the past champions and the great players I was able to beat in the last few rounds, this is very special,” added Dumouchel.
Playing in high winds, cool temperatures and rain, Dumouchel and Brian McCann of The Academy at BraeBen in Mississauga, Ont., went head-to-head through 19 holes.
Dumouchel almost let the win get away after leading 3-up through 14 holes. McCann went on to win the 15th, 16th and 17th holes, looking like he was going to pull off the remarkable comeback.
For the third match in a row, Domouchel rolled in an incredible putt on the 18th to take the match into extra holes.
Playing the par five first as the extra hole, McCann caught a bad break as his ball ended up under a tree, his only option being a short punch out.
When he failed to get it up and down for par, McCann looked over at Dumouchel’s 10-footer for birdie and told him to pick it up — he was the champion.
“This one really hurts for me, but it doesn’t change the fact that this was a fantastic championship,” said McCann, the 2010 Canadian PGA Assistant’s Champion.
“My putter was hot for the first few days, but it went really cold today and gave a few holes away. That putt Vincent made on 18 to send it to extra holes, was impressive. He worked for this and he deserves it by winning six straight matches.”
The match for third place was won by Danny King of The Performance Academy at Magna in Aurora, Ont., 2-up over Dean Brown of Royal Regina Golf Club.
The Canadian PGA Player Rankings will see a major shuffle when they are refreshed next week. Both Dumouchel and McCann and will vault up the list, while Danny King will grab the No. 1 spot from Bryn Parry of North Vancouver.