Winner's Q&A: Patrick Newcomb
We chat with the latest winner on the Mackenzie Tour
August 08, 2017
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Patrick Newcomb captured the Oil Country Championship presented by Syncrude on the fourth playoff hole (Devlin/PGA TOUR)
It was a long Sunday at the Oil Country Championship presented by Syncrude, and it was about to get longer.
Patrick Newcomb, who had been chasing the lead all day, came in with a 4-under-par 66, while Max Rottluff, already a winner on the Mackenzie Tour in 2017, had fired a 6-under-par 64.
They both finished at 16-under par for the week, and it was time for a playoff. This after 34 holes had already been played Sunday after weather cut Saturday’s third round short.
Perhaps a bit of a cliché, but for Newcomb, good things come for those who wait.
With a 20-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole, Newcomb won the tournament, catapulted himself into The Five, and was the first golfer to ever win on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in the same season.
Here, Newcomb chats with PGATOUR.com about his wild Sunday, how his brother helped him dial things in for last week’s tournament, and that big hat that’s become a little Twitter-famous.
What were your emotions as you were coming down the stretch Sunday?
I had some good looks coming down the stretch and I was trying to get to 17-under and close the door, but Max was making lots of birdies. When we got to hole 17 I turned to my caddy – it had been a long day by then – and I said, “let’s just finish this, I don’t want to play any more holes.’ It was a grind mentally. I had a really, really, really good look and I left it about half-a-roll short, in the centre of the hole, in regulation. I just had to regroup and get ready to go. It went longer than I would have liked.
Did you have any trouble staying focused during the playoff?
Once I got into the playoff, staying focused wasn’t too much of an issue. I just was trying to not let the moment get the better of me. I was trying to stay in it, hit good shots, stay patient, and give myself a chance at birdie. If someone makes a birdie and beats you, then that’s just part of it. But I didn’t want to make a mistake and give him the win.
How about your approach to the rest of the season now that you’ve won? Any changes?
I’m just going to keep playing the way I have been. My game has been very good. I back-doored a sixth-place finish in Winnipeg, and then I was right around the lead in Thunder Bay pretty much the whole weekend until the back nine on Sunday. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m hitting lots of drivers, and I’m going to keep doing that and keep putting my foot down. I’m going to try to shoot super low like I have all year. I’m going to try to keep it rolling, and I’m just worried about Calgary this week.I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m hitting lots of drivers, and I’m going to keep doing that and keep putting my foot down. I’m going to try to shoot super low like I have all year. I’m going to try to keep it rolling.
What was it that your brother helped you out with last week – swing stuff and with your wedges?
My wedges had been super inconsistent. I was either wedging it pretty poorly or great. He had been trying to get me to work on something and I was home for a few days right after Jamaica and he worked and helped me tweak a few things. It took a while to get comfortable but it started clicking right around Winnipeg. The wedges have been good ever since. He gave me a little swing tip from a video online. I hadn’t been hitting it very consistent for a few days after I shot 62, it was sloppy. He gave me a tip and things started clicking on the back nine on Sunday, which is a good time for things to start clicking.
Your large sunhat got a lot of Twitter-love Sunday. How did you decide to rock that bucket?
I’ve been wearing it when I was practicing, if I had a long practice day… to keep the sun off me. I was thinking it was kind of nice. I put it on late last year when I played pretty well the second half of the year. I always had it. I wear it most days, especially if it’s going to be a long day, I’ll wear it. It was a perfect storm to have it on. When I won in Latin America I had one on when I won there as well, because it’s so hot down there. It’s just a thing I’ve been doing and I’m comfortable in it. I liked all the love I got for it.