Nimmer shoots course record, leads Windsor Championship
July 06, 2019
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- July 06, 2019
- Bryson Nimmer carded 10 birdies for a course-record 61 at the Windsor Championship. (Kevin Light/Mackenzie Tour)
WINDSOR, Ont.— Following a darkness-suspended third round due to two rain delays throughout the afternoon, Bryson Nimmer, who managed to complete his third round on Saturday, shot the new Ambassador Golf Club course record with a 10-birdie 61, his low round as a professional.
“Different parts of the game worked well at times,” said the 22-year old. “I hit the driver well on the front nine and putt well on the back nine, it just all came together.”
Opening with a 32 on the front side, Nimmer made three consecutive birdies from hole Nos. 11-13 before the first weather delay of the day postponed play for three hours and 25 minutes.
When play resumed, Nimmer made a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 15 to move to 8-under, however, play was suspended once again minutes later, for an hour and 45 minutes, due to another storm in the area.
“It was a start and stop kind of round, playing 13 holes and then a delay, and then three more and then another delay, and then coming back out, but it was good,” said Nimmer. “I tried to keep the same thought process the whole time and played pretty good.”
Following the second delay, Nimmer made a four-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and then hit his approach on No. 18 to six-inches, running up the fairway in case of a further delay alongside playing competitor Cole Miller, to tap in.
“We were just trying to finish with the weather,” said the Clemson, South Carolina, native. “Cole (Miller) and I looked at each other and were like ‘we’re finishing, we don’t care’, so we ran up No. 18 fairway and it ended up pretty good.”
Nimmer, a collegiate standout with Clemson University, was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection, a two-time second team All-American and was named ACC freshman of the year in 2016.
Turning professional following the 2018-19 collegiate season thanks to a T3 finish at Mackenzie Tour Q-School in San Antonio, Texas, Nimmer has made the cut at each of his four Mackenzie Tour starts, shooting 65 or better four times with his best finish a T9 at the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open.
Launching into the top-10 in Lethbridge due to a final-round 63, Sunday will be the first time Nimmer heads into the closing 18 with an opportunity to chase a victory as a professional.
“I think it’s going to be really fun, that’s the goal and where I wanted to be,” said Nimmer. “It took a different path to do it, shooting a couple good rounds, not great, and then this one today. I’m looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile, Will Register, Paul Barjon, and Hayden Buckley are all one-stroke back through three rounds, while Jonathan Garrick (through 13) and Eric McCardle (through 14) are also one-stroke back, and will return to Ambassador Golf Club at 8:00 A.M. on Sunday to complete their third round.
Three Canadians head into the final round in contention. Riley Wheeldon continues to lead the pack, two-strokes behind Nimmer with three holes remaining in his third round, while Taylor Pendrith and James Allenby sit four back, at 12-under-par, having both completing 54 holes.
Following Sunday’s 8:00 A.M. resumption, the fourth round will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will see players tee off both No. 1 and No. 10, in threesomes.
- 26 players are within four strokes of the lead.
- Nimmer’s 61 was the third-lowest score on the Mackenzie Tour this season, beat only by Greyson Sigg’s 59 at the final round of the GolfBC Championship and Will Gordon’s 60 during the first round of the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open.
- In 2018 on the Mackenzie Tour, Carter Jenkins managed rounds of 65 or better on five occasions, two of them coming at the Windsor Championship. On Saturday, Jenkins fired a 64, his best round of the 2019 season, to put himself T16 heading into Sunday.
- Patrick Fishburn, yet to play a round in more than 72 strokes this season, posted a third-round 65, making six birdies on his front nine, to head into the final round three-strokes off the lead.
- Zach Cabra, making only one par on his front nine with six birdies and two bogeys, and then only one score other than par on his back nine, shot a third-round 66 to head into the final round three strokes off the lead.
“It was a mental battle for sure. You have to look at it like you’re always going back out there. You have to think some guys might get impatient and you have to take that and try to use it to your advantage. I tried to stay patient and stay in the zone and think, ‘okay I need to be ready’, so it was a grind and a stressful day, but stressful days can help you move up the leaderboard, too.” – Will Register On the two weather delays
“Scores are going to be low tomorrow because it’ll be a little bit cooler, so somebody is going to shoot a really good number and it will take another really good round, probably more than 66 which is the number I’ve seemed to like. It’ll be another tough obstacle I’ll have to overcome, but it will be fun.” – Will Register
“My brother and I grew up playing together and he taught me a lot about the mental side, which is by example, so it’s been really fun having him here. He has a flight at 5 P.M. tomorrow, so I don’t know if he will stay the whole time, but he might change it. He has been a calming presence for sure.” – Will Register
Third-Round Weather: Sunny and humid. High of 31. Wind 15KM/h.