Jim Rutledge Wins 3rd PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada

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August 10, 2013, Fonthill, Ont (ISN) – A combination of patience, luck and year’s of experience helped Victoria, B.C.’s Jim Rutledge capture his third Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada – his second in a row – after overcoming a five-shot deficit with eight holes to go and then outlasting hometown favourite Rod Spittle in a four-hole playoff at Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill, Ont.

Canada’s two best senior golfers, Rutledge and Spittle of nearby St. Catharines, began the day with Spittle holding a one shot lead. However, by the 12th hole, he had stretched that margin to five shots.

jimrutledge2013cdnsrchampion200pix“I was behind the eight-ball with eight holes to go,” said Rutledge, “but the 12th turned my whole game around and I was pretty fired up after that.”

On the 523-yard par-5 12th hole, Rutledge hit a pair of three woods before sinking a 35-foot eagle putt, cutting Spittle’s lead to just three shots. The Victoria native picked up another stroke with a birdie on 16, before drawing even after a Spittle bogey on No. 17. The two Champions Tour members finished 54 holes at seven-under par 209.

The first playoff hole (No. 18) saw Rutledge with a chance to end the tournament, but the 53-year-old missed a four-footer from above the hole.

“It was one of those putts you can’t take a run at because you’ll have 15 feet coming back if you miss it,” Rutledge said about his wasted opportunity.

On the second playoff hole (No. 1), both made birdies and would head back to the 18th for the third extra hole. This time around, however, Rutledge had a putt–on the similar line as the one he missed earlier–to extend the playoff.

“The second time around I was off the back edge of the green and had nothing to lose,” Rutledge said. “So I played the same break as the first time and the last six inches it broke in the hole and I was really thankful for that.”

Rutledge’s kick-in birdie on the fourth playoff hole secured his victory, making him the seventh player to win the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada three or more times.

“I hadn’t really been playing well heading into this week,” Rutledge admitted after his round. “But this win will definitely give me confidence into the last bunch of weeks on the Champions Tour.”

Scott Allred of Elbow Springs, Alta., finished third, while Norm Jarvis (who captured his second consecutive Super Senior’s title) was fourth.

NOTES:

Rutledge has two top 10 finishes and four in the top 25 in 14 starts on the Champions Tour this season, with earnings of $230,443 . . . Spittle has earned $317,724 with a pair of Top 10’s in 12 events and six Top 25’s . . . former Canadian Tour organizer and commissioner, Bob Beauchmin of Victoria, finished 27th

2013 Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada

Presented by TaylorMade-Adidas Golf

Lookout Point Country Club – Par 216

1 Jim Rutledge, 67 72 70 — 209

2 Rod Spittle, 70 68 71 — 209

3 Scott Allred, 73 70 71 — 214

4 Norm Jarvis, 74 70 71 — 215

5 Marc Girouard, 73 71 72 — 216

T6 Ian Doig, 70 77 70 — 217

T6 Ken Tarling, 75 69 73 — 217

8 Keir Smith, 71 76 72 — 219

T9 Brian Hutton, 77 69 74 — 220

T9 Daniel Santerre, 75 70 75 — 220

T9 David Wettlaufer, 74 72 74 — 220

T9 Ray Stewart, 69 80 71 — 220

T9 Serge Thivierge, 76 74 70 — 220

T14 Bob Panasik, 74 75 72 — 221

T14 Don Graham, 77 71 73 — 221

T14 Hocan Olsson, 75 71 75 — 221

T17 Arden Knoll, 74 75 73 — 222

T17 Bob Koch, 74 75 73 — 222

T19 Dan Clark, 74 74 75 — 223

T19 Daniel Talbot, 77 74 72 — 223

T19 Terry Miskolczi, 70 78 75 — 223

T22 Bob Flaro, 76 71 77 — 224

T22 Robert Breen, 76 73 75 — 224

24 Gar Hamilton, 76 75 74 — 225

T25 Craig Marseilles, 76 76 74 — 226

T25 Mark Kappes, 76 74 76 — 226

27 Bob Beauchemin, 80 70 77 — 227

28 Cory Draper, 73 78 77 — 228

T29 Fraser McIntyre, 73 78 78 — 229

T29 Robert McClure, 75 75 79 — 229

31 John Rushnell, 76 79 75 — 230

T32 John Kelly

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T32 Richard Willan

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T34 Bill Mackenzie

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T34 Greg Pidlaski

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36 Shawn Croden

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T37 Danny Mijovic

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T37 John White

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T37 Kevin Poole

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T40 George Lacy

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T40 John C. Davis

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T42 Bruce Bundy

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T42 Grant Holcomb

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44 Matt McAvoy

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45 Jonathan Anderson

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46 Robert McDannold

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T47 Andre DiBartolo

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T47 Bryan Ure

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T47 Ian Clarke

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T47 Jeff Boismier

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T47 Trevor Fackrell

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T52 James Carter

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T52 Jim Leska

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T52 Laurie Pierce

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T52 Roy Abbenbroek

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T56 A.T. (Abe) Buckle

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T60 Michel Robert

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64 Patrick Vedrenne

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65 Alain Trudel

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66 David Banks

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67 Jean Pilon

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Super Senior Championship

1 Norm Jarvis, 74 70 — 144

2 Hocan Olsson, 75 71 — 146

T3 Don Graham, 77 71 — 148

T3 Terry Miskolczi, 70 78 — 148

T5 Bob Panasik, 74 75 — 149

T5 Greg Pidlaski, 76 73 — 149

T5 Robert Breen, 76 73 — 149

T8 Daniel Talbot, 77 74 — 151

T8 Gar Hamilton, 76 75 — 151

10 Ian Clarke, 77 79 — 156

11 Kenneth Fulton

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12 Kevin Poole

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13 Benjamin Smirnov

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14 Laurie Pierce

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15 Dave Clayton

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16 Neil Smith

+23 83 84 167

17 Michel Robert

+25 87 82 169

18 Gene Feschuk

+35 88 91 179

T19 Andre Harvey

+38 97 85 182

T19 Robert Kennedy

+38 92 90

 

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