Chan picks up first Mackenzie Tour victory at HFX Pro-Am
July 21, 2019
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- July 21, 2019
- Chan shot a final-round 67 to win the HFX Pro-Am. (Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour)
HALIFAX, N.S. — Throughout the first half of the Mackenzie Tour season, it has felt like a matter of time before Lorens Chan would pick up his maiden victory.
Earlier this year at the GolfBC Championship, Jake Knapp edged Chan, despite Chan shooting a final-round 68. On Sunday, it was Chan who edged Knapp at Oakfield Golf & Country Club to win the HFX Pro-Am HFX Pro-Am presented by Steele Jaguar, despite Knapp shooting a final-round 67.
And when Chan two-putted for par from 30 feet on the 72nd hole to pick up a two-stroke victory at the inaugural event, Knapp was the first one to give his buddy, and past UCLA teammate, a hug.
“We were texting last night, and he said, ‘Let’s make it fun tomorrow,’” said Chan following his victory. “I said, ‘If I don’t win, I want you to win,’ and he said the same thing back to me.
“I just told him ‘”Let’s just finish one-two, no matter who wins.”
Less than 24 hours later, it was Chan No. 1, at 24-under, and Knapp No. 2, at 22-under.
“Throughout the whole season I’ve been knocking on the door, but I’ve come up a little bit short and made a few mistakes on the weekends, that adds up and I finish a few strokes behind,” said Chan, who moved to third on the Order of Merit with the victory.
“Since Friday, I’ve been getting lots of texts encouraging me from friends and family. They said ‘This is your week,’ so I kept telling myself that it was my time.”
Chan wasted no time adding to his one-stroke lead entering Sunday. On hole No. 1, the Honolulu, Hawaii, native drained a 40-foot eagle look to quickly separate himself from playing partners Hayden Shieh and Stoney Crouch.
“I was kind of struggling on that hole this week, and I was just trying to two-putt from 40 feet,” said Chan. “For that to go in was a bonus and set the tone for the round because there’s nothing better than making a long putt to start the day.”
The 25-year old managed to avoid looking at leaderboards throughout the entire round. It wasn’t until he asked his mom, Linda, who has also doubled as his caddie this season, what his status was on the final hole.
“She said I had a two-stroke lead, but I wanted to make sure it was fully updated,” said Chan. “When I was on No. 17, I knew there was a leaderboard, but I didn’t need any more pressure, I’m trying to make the putt regardless of if I’m up by 10 or down by 10.”
Throughout the season, Chan’s mom has closely shadowed him, a woman whose smile beamed from ear to ear as her son accepted the trophy.
“She means everything. She’s been my biggest cheerleader since day one,” said Chan. “Ever since my dad passed away a few years ago, she has been even more of a cheerleader for me. It’s really nice having her on the bag.”
For the second consecutive week, Canadian Taylor Pendrith was in the mix on Sunday. Coming off a runner-up finish a week ago at the Osprey Valley Open, Pendrith shot a final-round 69 to tie for third with Blake Sattler and Hayden Shieh.
With a scoring average of 66.75 the past two events, Pendrith successfully picked up his second consecutive Canada Life Canadian Player of the Week Award, his third of the season.
- With four under-par rounds this week—all four days in the 60s—Lorens Chan has extended his streak of par-or-better rounds to 21 in a row. He had an even-par 72 in the third round last week and a 1-over 71 in the second round of his second tournament of the season. Everything else has been under-par—with 24 total rounds this season in the 60s.
- With his 24-under finish, Lorens Chan is a combined 112-under this season.
- Paul Barjon’s incredible streak continued as he recorded his 28th consecutive under-par round this season with his 4-under 68 Sunday. Every score he’s posted since his first round in late-May has been under-par. Barjon also maintained another streak, posting his third consecutive top-10 with his tie for ninth. In his two previous starts, Barjon tied for second (Windsor Championship) and won (Osprey Valley Open).
- After a 2-over 73 in the second round of the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open, Canada’s Taylor Pendrith has reeled off 14 consecutive under-par rounds. During that streak, that has resulted in a runner-up finish last week and a tie for third this week, he is 60-under.
- A putter switch yielded results for Blake Sattler over the last three weeks. Although he only tied for 48th and 41st in his previous two starts, Sattler has been par or better in all 12 rounds, 11 of those under-par. This week, his final 36 of 64-66 left him tied for third, a finish only bettered by his runner-up performance a year ago at the Bayview Place Open.
- This was Blake Sattler’s 30th career Mackenzie Tour start, and he moved from 100th on the Order of Merit with his top-three finish to No. 29. In his two previous Mackenzie Tour seasons, Sattler was 26th in 2018 and 28th in 2017.
- The tie for third for Hayden Shieh this week is easily his top career Mackenzie Tour finish. After a slow start that saw him miss his first two cuts and tie for 48th in his first weekend appearance, Shieh has a pair of ties for 28th and this tie for third in his last four outings.
- Both Patrick Fishburn and Blake Sattler shot 66s Sunday to secure top-10s. Fishburn got to 6-under when he made the back-nine turn at Oakfield Golf and Country Club, opening with an eagle at No. 1 and making birdies on four of his final front-nine holes (he parred No. 8). On the back nine, he couldn’t keep the momentum going, recording seven pars, a bogey on 12 and a birdie on 17. The Brigham Young University product tied for sixth, his fifth career top-10 in 14 starts.
- Patrick Fishburn has yet to miss a cut in seven tournaments this season, his worst finish a tie for 51st at the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open.
- Seven players had four rounds in the 60s this week: Lorens Chan, Jake Knapp, Taylor Pendrith, Patrick Fishburn, Kyle Mueller, Greyson Sigg and Cole Miller.
- It was a disappointing final day for Stoney Crouch, who entered the day tied for second after a 64-65-69 start in only his second start of the year. Crouch was 2-under through four holes Sunday when his struggles began. He made two bogeys to finish his front nine to turn in even-par and then added a double bogey-7 at No. 12 and a bogey at No. 18 for a 3-over 75. He tied for 16th. In 11 2018 starts, Crouch was unable to post a top-10.
- The low score of the final round belonged to Mark Anguiano, who had a solid finish to his tournament, moving from a tie for 54th when the day began into a tie for 16th, thanks to a final-round, 9-under 63. That was 11 shots better than his Saturday score. Anguiano shot a front-nine 30 that included five consecutive birdies, beginning on No. 4. To go with his seven back-nine pars, he eagled No. 12 and birdied No. 14.
- Jake Knapp reassumed the No. 1 position on the Order of Merit with his second-place performance this week. Knapp led the money list after the first week and then held down the top spot from week three to week six. He yielded the lead to Paul Barjon but quickly retook possession of it, assuming a $6,553 advantage with five tournaments to play.
“I’ve been playing really well the last couple of months. I just haven’t been able to string four good rounds together. The last three weeks I’ve played really solid, and it’s always nice to have a chance on Sunday.” – Taylor Pendrith
“I put myself in that position today. It didn’t go as I planned, but I played well, so I can’t be too upset.” – Taylor Pendrith
“I think every part of the game is there. I have to get a little tighter with the wedges and drive it a little better. This week I didn’t drive it great. I drove it OK, but I missed a lot of fairways.” – Taylor Pendrith
“It was tough to get to some of the pins, especially [Saturday] and today. I just need to be more consistent.” – Taylor Pendrith
“At the start of the year, the goal was to be No. 1 on the money list. But top-10 is fine, top five is great and I’m in a good position with a few events left. I just have to keep playing solid and hopefully get in some final groups on Sunday and keep it going.” – Taylor Pendrith
“I hadn’t played well. I made three cuts. I made a putter switch three weeks ago and just started to see light. I was like, All right. This might work. This might turn into something a little better.” – Blake Sattler
“This is a place where you can get after it here. You have to pedal to the metal, and I felt pretty comfortable. Saturday morning, I felt pretty comfortable, and the putter got going on the weekend. I’m looking forward to going ahead.” – Blake Sattler
“I know I’m not winning the golf tournament. But out here, the way the purses are set up, if I can stay at a T3 or a T4, it’s a lot better than a T6 or T7. It’s not even close.” – Blake Sattler
“In a way, I’m just tyring to get to the Tour Championship almost after a miserable few weeks. I knew what that putt was. But it mattered.” – Blake Sattler on his five-foot par putt on No. 18
“I was 21-under last week and, what, 22-under this week. And that’s without even playing my best golf. I’m happy with the consistency I’m showing.” – Jake Knapp
“I knew I needed to make birdie on 18 to have a chance.” – Jake Knapp