Pendrith earns second Mackenzie Tour victory at Mackenzie Investments Open
September 08, 2019
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- September 08, 2019
- Taylor Pendrith carded a bogey-free 67 to clinch his second Mackenzie Tour win. (Allen McEchern/Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada)
MONTRÉAL, Québec — Entering the final round of the Mackenzie Investments Open with a five-stroke cushion over Kyle Mueller, Taylor Pendrith made the turn on Sunday at Elm Ridge Country Club and the mood shifted from ‘will he do it?’ to ‘how many will he do it by?’
In the end, Pendrith tapped in for par on the final hole to shoot a bogey-free 67, giving him an eight-stroke victory and his second Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR title of the season and his career.
“It was definitely the best week of tournament golf I have ever played,” said Pendrith, who moved to second on the Order of Merit with the win. “I honestly don’t remember playing from the rough on the weekend, maybe once or twice, but my wedge game was dialled in, especially today.
“I kept my head down all day,” added Pendrith. “I figured I was leading but never knew by how much. I was debating hitting iron on No. 17, it’s a tough tee ball, but I decided to hit driver because it was downwind and I hit 8-iron on the green and made a two-putt birdie. After that I knew I was going to win.”
Pendrith’s commanding performance broke the Mackenzie Tour’s relative-to-par scoring record, previously held by Corey Pereira, who shot 26-under at last year’s ATB Financial Classic in Calgary.
“That was definitely the most under par I’ve ever been over four days,” said the 28-year old. “It was a great field out here and there are so many players who could compete on the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA TOUR, but to win by eight feels really good.”
With the eight-stroke victory, Pendrith matched the largest margin of victory in Mackenzie Tour history, a feat previously accomplished by Lee McCoy at the 2017 Canada Life Open and Hank Lebioda at the 2017 Mackenzie Investments Open.
“This just gives me tons of confidence,” said the Richmond Hill, Ontario native. “My game is really sharp right now, so If I can continue playing the way I have been then I have no doubt I will have a chance to win on the Korn Ferry Tour next year.”
The win adds an extra layer of excitement to an already compelling season-ending Canada Life Championship. While, historically, the Player of the Year Award and full Korn Ferry Tour exemption has been decided before the final event of the season, the top spot is still very much up for grabs.
“To be fully exempt on the Korn Ferry Tour next season would be a big relief,” said Pendrith, who sits just over $5,000 behind Order of Merit leader Paul Barjon “There’s still work to do next week in London, I know it’s super close, there’s three or four guys who could do it, so there’s a lot of pressure but it’s just golf and I’ll go make as many birdies as possible and see how it ends up.”
Pendrith, who has never shot a round higher than 68 in eight rounds at Highland Country Club, says it is his favourite course on the Mackenzie Tour.
“I love that place and I’ve played well there before,” said Pendrith. “My game is in a good spot right now, so hopefully I can keep the momentum going,” added Pendrith who’s best finish at the Canada Life Championship is a tie for 8th in 2015.
With the victory, Pendrith not only picked up his sixth Canada Life Canadian Player of Week award of the season, but also locked up the Canada Life Canadian Player of the Year award and will be recognized at the conclusion of the Canada Life Championship. This will be Pendrith’s second Canada Life Player of the year award after claiming the Dan Halldorson trophy in 2015 while finishing second on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit.
- Five players who entered the week outside of the top 60 on the Order of Merit played their way into the Canada Life Championship. Among them, in order of finish at the Mackenzie Investments Open: Phillip Knowles (69th to 53rd), Billy Walthouse (81st to 58th), Cooper Musselman (66th to 58th), Andrew McCain (68th to 59th) and Andrew Dorn (61st to 57th).
- Kyle Mueller made three birdies in his final eight holes to finish as the runner-up to Pendrith, his best-career professional finish. The 23-year old moves from 37th to 14th on the Order of Merit and looks to enter the top 10 at the Canada Life Championship in hopes of earning an exemption into the final stage of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School.
- David Pastore played his final three rounds of the tournament bogey free, making just two for the tournament. Pastore fired a 67 on Sunday to move from 21st to 13th on the Order of Merit.
- 2019 marks just the second season with multiple two-time winners. With Jake Knapp picking up victories at the Canada Life Open and GolfBC Championship, Paul Barjon picking up victories at the Bayview Place DCBank Open and Osprey Valley Open, and now Taylor Pendrith picking up victories at the 1932byBateman Open and Mackenzie Investments Open, three players have picked up multiple titles this season.
- 2018 was the first season that multiple players earned more than $100,000 in a Mackenzie Tour season (Tyler McCumber and George Cunningham). Four players have reached that mark in 2019 (Barjon, Pendrith, Knapp, Lorens Chan).
- Last season, McCumber locked up the Player of the Year award and full Korn Ferry Tour status after the 10th event of the season. This season, Barjon, Pendrith, Knapp and Chan all head into the Canada Life Championship with an opportunity to finish the season in the top spot.
“I knew my game was there in 2015. I was competing and having chances to win, and this year I broke through and won in Edmonton and then to win here is awesome and to have such a great week and to shoot 28-under feels really good. Everything kind of clicked this week.” – Taylor Pendrith
“You don’t shoot 10-under every day, I was lucky enough to do it two days in a row, so that was kind of cool. I made a ton of birdies and to win by eight feels awesome.” – Taylor Pendrith
“I do love this place. It’s an awesome club and you get rewarded for hitting fairways. Hopefully I’m not back here next year, but I do love this place.” – Taylor Pendrith
“I honestly feel very comfortable over every shot, even the shots where in the past I haven’t, so I’ve been attacking pins and have had a ton of birdie putts. I maybe missed just one or two greens all weekend, so the wedge game was on and so was the putter.” – Taylor Pendrith
“Pendrith just hit so many good shots. He was never out of position and, if he was, he would get himself back in position. He hit so many mid-irons tight, so many tap-ins. He shot 28-under but he missed a few five or 10-footers that could have gone, it could have been 35-under, he just made it look so easy.” – Kyle Mueller
“I’m disappointed I didn’t get the win and wish I gave a bit better of a run today than I did, but hats off to him and he played phenomenal. It’s tough to keep up with somebody who went 20-under over two rounds.” – Kyle Mueller
“I actually, I feel like an idiot, from the fairway I lasered the grandstand long and so that’s why I flew the green on the last and I couldn’t believe I did. I was a bit nervous, you’re never happy finishing second, but it’s a small win to make par and place second.” – Kyle Mueller
“I feel really good with my game and it’s nice to see it’s slowly progressing. My game is trending and hopefully it peaks next week and I’m going to go try to win it. There’s 60 of the best guys on Tour there next week so I’m going to go try to win it.” – Kyle Mueller
Final-Round Weather: Overcast. High of 17. Wind 10 KPH.