Jose de Jesus Rodriguez of Mexico claimed his second consecutive Canadian Tour win Sunday at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.
Rodriguez, who won the Mexican PGA Championship matches 2010 Order of Merit winner Aaron Goldberg as the only player in the last two seasons to win consecutive events and his win in Victoria all but assures a spot in this year’s RBC Canadian Open.
“I played extremely well today and it feels great to win this event,” said Rodriguez, who went bogey-free on his round of four-under-par 66.
“This win means so much to me and gets me closer to my dream of playing on the PGA Tour,” added Rodriguez, 30.
“It’s my dream to play on the PGA Tour,” he added. “I’ve been working hard on my game and especially my short game and it’s really paying off for me.”
Canadian Dustin Risdon started the day one shot behind Rodriguez.
“I told DV (caddie Dale Vallely) that we needed to make a move, but the putts just weren’t dropping for me,” said Risdon who tied for third with Dodge Kemmer.
“At the end of the day I am happy with how I played and I’m well on my way to accomplishing my goal of getting into the RBC Canadian Open through our Order of Merit,” he added.
Canadian Tour rookie Wes Homan had quite the coming out party at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open. Homan’s 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole proved to be enough to move him into second place and earn a cheque for $19,200.
Up next for the Canadian Tour is the inaugural Western Championship, which begins Thursday at Rivershore Golf Links in Kamloops.