Tyler McCumber wins inaugural Osprey Valley Open
July 22, 2018
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- July 22, 2018
- Tyler McCumber picked up his first career Mackenzie Tour win on Sunday at the Osprey Valley Open. (Claus Andersen/Mackenzie Tour)
Caledon, Ontario, Canada — Though only a one-stroke victory, there was never much doubt during the final round of the 2018 Osprey Valley Open that Tyler McCumber would claim his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win – as he did with a tap-in bogey on the final hole on Sunday afternoon.
Heading into the round with a 7-stroke advantage on the field, the largest ever 54-hole lead in Mackenzie Tour history, McCumber played steady golf, avoiding costly mistakes and making three birdies to post a four-day total of 25-under.
“I’m very happy with the week, and obviously happy with the result,” said McCumber, who jumps into the fourth spot on the Order of Merit with the win. “I’ve been working really hard on my game lately and the mental stuff too, and I felt like I really executed that well, so it was nice to put it together and sort of reap the rewards for it.”
For the duration of the day, unrelenting rain pounded the Toot course at Osprey Valley, soaking players and making for some of the hardest conditions of the year on TOUR.
“I changed shoes and socks at the turn and didn’t have a single dry towel, so it was a grind,” McCumber said. “I was kind of lucky because I had a tournament early in the year in Dominican where I was in the last group and I was in a similar weather situation, so I had something to draw back on to stay focused and to do the right stuff.”
While the last time he played in a downpour he finished T4, Sunday was McCumber’s day, as he made the walk from No. 17 to the final hole with a 4-stroke lead.
Laying up on the par-5 closing hole, McCumber looked as if he could stick-handle his way around the 18th green and still pick up the victory. However, Michael Gellerman, his nearest competitor, jarred his 100-yard approach shot for eagle, making the Ponte Vedra, Florida, native a tad perturbed.
“That was a really good wedge shot to that pin because the front of the green is severely slopped, and he landed it past the hole where long over the green is so bad,” reflected McCumber on Gellerman’s eagle. “It was a ballsy shot and I had to refocus and sort of try to get it in in three.”
The 27-year-old took care of business on the 18th hole, hitting his fourth up to the hole and two-putting his way to his fourth professional victory with a final-round even-par 72.
“This is big for me, and obviously my team, it’s not just me, it’s all the guys I work with,” said McCumber, referencing his father, Mark, for helping him out with the mental side of the game and swing coach Rick Smith and friend Brett Stevens.
“Since I was injured a year ago, I had my shoulder redone and I haven’t really put it all together since, so it’s nice to put it together and I’ve had a good year. With a good event early in the year, and a lot of rounds in the 60s, it’s lifted my confidence and I’m going to try to keep it going.”
With the win, McCumber joins Patrick Newcomb and Sam Fidone as the only players to win on both PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and PGA TOUR Canada.
Meanwhile, the week was also the cut-off for the Canadian Open exemption, as the top-3 players on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit receive an invite to the PGA TOUR event hosted at Glen Abbey next week from July 26-30.
Zach Wright had already locked up the number-one position, but Sam Fidone’s T8 finish moved him from fourth to second on the money list and he will play his first ever PGA TOUR event this coming week.
Joining the duo is George Cunningham, who, despite missing the cut by a single stroke at Osprey Valley, draws into the third and final exemption spot and will also make his PGA TOUR debut in Oakville, ON, on Thursday.
Claiming Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours is James Love, winning the award for the first time this season. Love placed T19 this at Osprey Valley with rounds of 67-68-67-73, including a third-round hole-in-one on the fourth hole.
- Despite the heavy rainfall, Michael Gellerman shot the lowest number on the day with his 65. The second-place finish is his third top-10 this season, and second in two weeks. Gellerman moves into the 10th spot on the Order of Merit with the final-round showing.
- Cody Blick picked up his second top-5 finish of the year, firing a closing 68 without a blemish on the card. Blick moves from 10th to 7th on the Order of Merit with the T3.
- Drew “The Dream” Weaver made four birdies on his back nine to fire a closing 70, drawing him into a T3 finish. The tournament gives Weaver a guaranteed start in Edmonton at the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by ACON, as he looks to play the rest of the season on the Mackenzie Tour.
- Tim Madigan had his best finish of the season at the Osprey Valley Open, avoiding squares on his final-day card to post his third round in the 60s of the week, placing alone in fifth.
- Cole Miller picked up his third consecutive top-15 finish on the Mackenzie Tour, making four birdies in his final 10 holes to shoot his third straight round of 68 or better to place T10.
- Zach Zaback also picks up his third consecutive top-15 finish with his 6th place showing at the Osprey Valley Open. Zaback has made the cut at all five Mackenzie Tour tournaments he has played this season.
- Needing a T17 finish or better to lock up a spot in the RBC Canadian Open, Sam Fidone delivered, picking up his third top-10 of the season, shooting three rounds in the 60s, putting his total at 19 this season, and firing an even-par score on Sunday to finish T8 and earn his first ever PGA TOUR start.
- Along with Wright, Fidone and Cunningham, Canadian Jared du Toit will tee it up at Glen Abbey as he received a Sponsor’s Exemption into the RBC Canadian Open and will look to improve on his T9 finish as an amateur in 2016.
- Sunday's weather: Rainy and windy, high of 18. Wind 40 km/h
QUOTABLESI’m feeling absolute joy. I’ve never played in a PGA TOUR event and I’m so excited to go out there and get after it where I think I belong. I really think any guy out here, when they have their game, can compete at the highest level, so I’m going to go out there and do my best. I’ll do what I’ve been doing all year and I’m going to go get after it and try to come out of it with a really good finish.I don’t even know what to expect to be honest. I’ve never even played at a Web.com event, I’ve been at this level for the last couple of years and felt like my game is good enough to do it so I’m just excited to see how I handle it and to see how, mentally, I can do against the best players in the world.I didn’t sleep a wink last night. I did my best to keep it within me and just go and keep moving and keep moving and keep moving, and I had to ask on the last hole if I made it, but I thought about it all week. At the end of the day it’s just like winning or making a cut, you just got to do what you have to do, so just go do it, and that’s what I did.This week the biggest positive was the putting. I quoted on Thursday that my parents and wife kept telling me to be patient. The first round was really good, and this round was really good. I didn’t get down on myself like I normally would have in the middle two days, I knew there were a lot of birdies out there other than today, so it was just about being patient.This frees you up, knowing you have a bit of security, knowing you can free-wheel it. But all of the confidence gained from driving it well, and my short game was phenomenal, there’s so many things I can take out of this tournament that I can’t really look at the bad because the good just outweighs it.