Barjon fires final-round 65 to win Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist
June 02, 2019
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- June 02, 2019
- Paul Barjon only carded two bogeys through all four rounds at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist. (Kevin Light/Mackenzie Tour)
Victoria, British Columbia — Entering the day two-strokes behind Doc Redman, Paul Barjon played his second-consecutive bogey-free round at Uplands Golf Club, making three birdies and an eagle to sign for a 4-day score of 19-under to pick up his second-career Mackenzie Tour victory by one stroke.
“Everything ended up going my way. I just wanted an opportunity to compete on the last day and to get a shot at winning,” said the 26-year old Barjon, who made only two bogeys the entire tournament. “It was a great match with Doc (Redman), and he made a pretty big charge towards the end, so that got in my head for sure.”
With large crowds lining the fairways and greens for the final group on Sunday, Barjon and Redman served up a thrilling neck-and-neck match as each player jockeyed for position.
All-tied up after nine holes, Redman started the fireworks on hole No. 10 after hitting his tee shot in the water, making a 25-footer to save par and stay knotted with Barjon.
A few holes later, Barjon played what may have been the hole of the tournament. With a long-iron in his hands, and his second-shot into the par-5 hole No. 12 partially blocked by trees, the New Caledonia, France native hit a cutting slinger to the back portion of the green before rattling a 40-footer off the flagstick and into the hole for eagle to reclaim the lead.
“I left the pin in which I don’t normally do, but I figured it could only help me,” said Barjon, who’s first Mackenzie Tour victory came at the 2016 Canada Life Championship. “It was a good putt, but it would have rolled at least a good five or six-feet past. You need a little bit of momentum going your way and that helped for sure.”
The pair exchanged birdies once again on hole No. 16, and on No. 17 Redman chipped in from a tough lie to get within one of Barjon. However, with Redman unable to make his long birdie putt on the final hole, Barjon tapped in a 3-footer to pick up the victory, which comes with an exemption into next week’s RBC Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario.
“I Monday qualified three months ago into the Valero Texas Open and missed the cut by a couple. I played pretty good, but it was my first PGA TOUR event, so I was a little tense,” said Barjon, who fired a second-round 69 in his PGA TOUR debut. “I look forward to getting back out there again and I have some experience, so hopefully I can pull it off this time.”
Following a sixth-place finish at the Canada Life Open last week in Vancouver, the win also hoists Barjon to the top spot on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit as he looks to improve upon 2018’s 39th-place finish on the year-end list.
“It’s a long year, there’s 12 tournaments, so there might be 12 winners, and only the top-10 get to final stage,” said Barjon when asked about the importance of his hot start. “It’s a long year and you have to play good even if you win once.”
Par-or-better each day of the tournament, Taylor Pendrith polished off a top-10 finish with a 67 on Sunday to pick up Canada Life Canadian Player of the Week honours for the first time in 2019, picking up the $2,500 bonus.
- In 12-career rounds at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist, Paul Barjon has never shot a round higher than 69.
- Barjon joins other Mackenzie Tour exemptions into the RBC Canadian Open; Jake Knapp, the Canada Life Open champion, and Michael Gligic, the top-point earner on the Web.com Tour points list among 2018 Mackenzie Tour alumni.
- Finishing his NCAA career with Clemson University last week, Bryson Nimmer declared himself professional on Tuesday and played his first Mackenzie Tour round on Thursday morning. Battling back from an opening-round 72 with a 65, the new pro finished with another 65 on Sunday to finish the week T14.
- Charlie Danielson made only a single bogey in his final 36 holes at Uplands Golf Club to pick up his second-consecutive top-10 finish, placing T6.
- Patrick Fishburn shot 66 three times during the week in Victoria to finish alone in third place, his best-career Mackenzie Tour finish.
- Electing to stay in an AirBNB together close to the golf course this week, Doc Redman (2), Ian Holt (T4) and Cole Miller (T4) all finished in the top-5 and were a combined 42-under par.
- A weekend machine, finishing 69-63 in Vancouver a week prior, Lorens Chan fired back-to-back 65s to place T10 after making the cut on the number.
- Out of the 156-player field, 10 players broke 70 each round of the event.
“I haven’t had time to even turn my phone on, but it’s great, I’ve never played with that many fans before. It was great and it was wild that they were walking on the fairway and stuff, so it gives a taste of how crazy it is on the PGA TOUR as well.” – Paul Barjon
“It was a solid final round. I played really well but couldn’t quite make anything coming down the stretch and I made a couple easy mistakes, but I was really happy with how I played. I gave myself a bunch of opportunities and made some good putts to start my round which gave me a lot of confidence. I made an absolute bomb on hole No. 4. I was in the back left to a front-right pin, it might have been a 100-footer made, which was cool. Beyond that, the conditions were pretty tough, so as long as you were giving yourself chances you weren’t losing ground.” – Cole Miller
“To be in contention and to get that feeling, that’s what we play for, that’s what we live for, so that was a lot of fun and I’m not disappointed, I just definitely have some things to clean up and it’s good to know what I need to work on now moving forward.” – Cole Miller
“I found clubs that I can get in play, a go-to shot off the tee I feel confident with under-the-gun, that’s a big thing on any of these courses out here because they have those tough and tight holes. That’s big, but I really need to improve my short game, so that’s one thing I can go home and work hard on this off-week and try to take to Kelowna.” – Cole Miller
“It was slow today. I hit my lob wedge and missed a 3 or 4-footer for par but came back and was pretty happy with how I responded. I made about a 15-footer for par on hole No. 2 to get things settled in and the rest of the day played solidly. I had one three-putt on hole No. 6, but I had some good breaks and chipped in on hole No. 9 from short-sided dead, which was a bonus, and played solid the rest of the way.” – Patrick Fishburn
“It’s great to get off to a good start and to put yourself in a position to grab one of those top-5 spots or a top-10 spot. You want to play well every week to give yourself a chance to do it, but you definitely want to get off to a hot start.” – Patrick Fishburn
“I have a long journey ahead. I have to get to Walla Walla, Washington, for the U.S. Open sectional at 7:30 A.M. It’s like a 9 or 10-hour drive from here, so I’ll get there, maybe sleep for a couple hours in the car, and then play 36 holes to see if I can qualify for the Open.” – Patrick Fishburn
“There’s a ton of support for this tournament every year and a ton of people cheering on all the Canadians. It was good to play better on the weekend. I could have been steadier earlier, but I pulled it together and had a good last two days to jump me up the leaderboard. The support out here is fantastic.” – Taylor Pendrith
“This is probably one of my favourite spots in Canada, it’s fantastic. There are so many nice golf courses right on the water and the people are super nice, so I always love coming here.” – Taylor Pendrith
“I’m taking the red eye tonight to do the Monday qualifier for the RBC Canadian Open, so if I play well, I’ll be playing there this week. If not, then I’ll be taking it easy before going to Kelowna, which is another one of my favourite places.” – Taylor Pendrith
Fourth-Round Weather: Sunny. High of 17. Wind 25 KM/h.