Winner's Q&A: Lee McCoy
We chat with winner of the first Mackenzie Tour event of the year, Lee McCoy
June 06, 2017
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Lee McCoy captured the first event of the year (Chuck Russell/PGA TOUR)
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Lee McCoy didn't just win the first event of the year at the Freedom 55 Financial Open in Vancouver, B.C., he dominated.
His eight-stroke margin of victory was the biggest in the PGA TOUR-era of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, and his win gave him the quick start he was after, after suffering a wrist injury in a car accident earlier this year en route to Web.com Tour Q-School.
McCoy spent a few minutes with PGATOUR.com chatting about his win, his approach for the rest of the year, and why he decided to make the Club Twirl of the Year on the 72nd hole at Point Grey Golf and Country Club.
You ended up winning by eight shots, so come Sunday, did you feel like you needed to keep the pedal down, or were you playing a little more conservative?
My goal the whole day, and I kind of made my mind up on Saturday, was to get to 20-under. On Saturday, when I realized I was going to get somewhere between 12-under and 14-under… I didn’t really think that would have the lead. I thought I’d have a share. I didn’t think I’d open up a 3-4 shot lead on Saturday. With the lead being 11-under on Friday afternoon and second-place at 12-under on Sunday that doesn’t really add up, but sometimes the leaders come back to you a little bit. First event of the year… you don’t know what it was. I did less than double what the lead was on Friday over the weekend. You wouldn’t think that would win by eight.
You posted a photo after the round praising your putter and driver. How key were those clubs for you last week?
They were huge. Putter was spot-on. And the ball-striking gave it a lot of chances. On Saturday and Sunday I drove the ball really well and that’s key on that golf course. It’s a short and tight golf course and I’m not one of the longer players out there so I was able to take driver on a course like that and try to slip it down there a little further than guys who are hitting 3-irons or hybrid. It was key for me. The putter was absolutely huge. I made a lot of 15-20 footers and that’s what you have to do to get out in front like that.
Had you played golf in Canada prior to last week?
I played a Canadian Amateur when I was in high school, and I played the Pan Am Games with Beau Hossler. I had never been to this part of Canada before, though.
Obviously, winning by eight, you must have liked the golf course. Thoughts on Point Grey?
Clearly it was a golf course that set up really well for me. Short and tight is kind of my forte. It was a really good set up. They had a bad winter, but they did a good job managing the pin positions.
Now that you’re out to a quick start, leading the money list after one event, does your season-long strategy change at all?
It’s going to be the same kind of strategy like from Sunday. I need to keep the pedal down. My goal is to win as many times as I can. In my mind, I don’t want it to sound outlandish or cocky but my goal is to get to four wins on the season. However long it takes… I may come up a little bit short but if that’s the goal and if I come a little short then I’ll still be in good shape. The goal is to win the money list and it was before I won, so it’s definitely seeming a little more feasible at this point.
Can we talk about how saucy your follow-through was on your final hole? What prompted that twirl?
There’s a bit of a back story there (laughs) I made a deal walking up to that shot with my caddy, who’s also named Lee – a buddy of mine from back home. We were counting our chickens a little bit already and having a good time with it. We said there was no way we were laying up. We were trying to get to 20-under and blah, blah, blah. I had 240 (yards) and it was a little bit downwind. A hard swing with a hybrid was going to be perfect. I told him that if I made a two, if I were to finish with a double-eagle and made that shot, he would have to jump in the lake on No.18. I hit it and it came off absolutely dead on line. It ended up 15 feet short of the hole, but it was just… Dead. On. Oh man. It had a legitimate chance and that was honestly a little more sarcastic at him than anything. It would have been awesome if that had gone in!My goal is to win as many times as I can. In my mind, I don’t want it to sound outlandish or cocky but my goal is to get to four wins on the season.