Adam Cornelson’s total score of 260 (-20) set the new PGA TOUR-era 72-hole scoring record on the Mackenzie Tour
(Victoria, B.C.) – Langley, British Columbia’s Adam Cornelson shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday at Uplands Golf Club to capture the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist for his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada title in record-breaking fashion.
The 28-year set the new PGA TOUR-era scoring record on the Mackenzie Tour, finishing at 20-under par 260 for the week thanks to a chip-in birdie on the 72nd hole, giving him a five shot lead over Edmond, Oklahoma’s Taylor Moore. The win moves Cornelson to second place on the Order of Merit, in position to earn Web.com Tour status for 2017.
“It’s the best week of my golfing life,” said Cornelson, finding a poetic ending in capturing his first win at his favourite tournament. “I’ve always felt like if and when I was going to win, it would be at this tournament. It suits my eye so well, and I love this city so much. The support this city, this crowd and the volunteers have showed me, it was chilling. I’ve never felt support like that in my life, and it gave me so much energy to continue on, it was phenomenal.”
Starting the day with a three-shot lead over Cibolo, Texas’ Jeff Rein, Cornelson took control of the tournament with birdies on the first and sixth holes and an eagle on the seventh, opening a lead that swelled to as many as six on the front nine.
“With the talent on this Tour, a three-shot lead is great, but just look at Moore there. If I shoot even-par I’m in a playoff, and I knew that would be the case, so that’s all the motivation I needed,” said Cornelson, who added birdies at the 12th, 14th and 18th holes for a closing 65.
The win comes as validation for an offseason of hard work and self-reflection for Cornelson, who finished 94th on the Order of Merit in 2015 to lose his card. After setting new goals and putting in hard work on his fitness and swing, the University of New Orleans grad came in to the year with new motivation, and it paid off on Sunday.
“At the end of last year, I didn’t know if I wanted to keep doing this. My family is so supportive, they egged me on and I worked harder than ever,” said Cornelson, adding that the success of his Mackenzie Tour alumni peers at the next level provided extra inspiration. “You see guys that win and finish in the top five on this Tour and go up through the pipeline, like Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin and Roger Sloan and Joel Dahmen, they all started here and when you see them succeed, it’s motivating.”
Cornelson, who was surrounded after putting out by family and friends, including Mackenzie Tour players and British Columbia natives Brad Clapp, Thomas Hay and Seann Harlingten, added that he put some old demons to rest with his nearly-flawless final round.
“I’ve seen leads dwindle, and I’ve been in contention myself and I’ve failed. I slept on that last night, and I learned a lot from those failures. They helped me a lot today,” said Cornelson.
Moore, a former NCAA All-American at the University of Arkansas, finished second in his pro debut, while Rein finished solo third to record his first career Mackenzie Tour top-10.
Final Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian)
Adam Cornelson – 64-67-64-65 (-20)
Taylor Moore – 69-66-65-65 (-15)
Jeff Rein – 64-68-66-69 (-13)
Seann Harlingten – 65-67-71-65 (-12)
Scott Vincent – 65-67-72-65 (-11)
KEY NUMBERS TO KNOW:
260: Adam Cornelson’s 72-hole total, a new record on the Mackenzie Tour.
5: Adam Cornelson’s winning margin, matching Joel Dahmen at the 2014 Syncrude Boreal Open for the largest in Mackenzie Tour history.
-20: Adam Cornelson’s score to par, setting the new tournament record for the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.
Adam Cornelson’s total score of 260 (-20) set the new PGA TOUR-era 72-hole scoring record on the Mackenzie Tour, besting Brock Mackenzie’s 261 (-27) at the 2014 ATB Financial Classic.
The lowest 72-hole total all-time (including the Canadian Tour-era) was 256 by Brian Unk at the 2009 Seaforth Country Classic.
Cornelson becomes the first lefthander to win in the PGA TOUR-era on the Mackenzie Tour. The last lefthander to win all-time was Adam Bland at the 2007 Ford Culiacan Open (5/6/07).
Adam Cornelson was making his 52nd career start on the Mackenzie Tour this week. In 2015 he finished 94th on the Order of Merit after making five cuts in 11 starts, but regained exempt status through the first four events of the year with a T9 finish at the British Columbia Qualifying Tournament.
Cornelson becomes the seventh player from British Columbia to win on the Mackenzie Tour in the PGA TOUR era: Adam Cornelson (2016 Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist), Brad Clapp (2015 The Great Waterway Classic), Kevin Spooner (2015 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON), Albin Choi (2015 Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist), Ryan Williams (2014 Freedom 55 Financial Championship), Greg Machtaler (2014 National Capital Open to Support Our Troops), Riley Wheeldon (2013 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON).
Cornelson has now finished in the top-25 in each of the last five seasons in Victoria.
Cornelson’s previous best position through 54 holes on the Mackenzie Tour was T2 at the 2014 Wildfire Invitational, where he went on to shoot a final round 70 and finish T5.
In 2013, Cornelson hit the first tee shot in Mackenzie Tour history (PGA TOUR-era) at the 2013 Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist and went on to make birdie.
Taylor Moore finished solo second in his first career start on the Mackenzie Tour. The 22-year old finished his NCAA career with a T26 finish at the NCAA Championships last week.
Moore was named a 2014 Honorable Mention All-American and was the 2012-13 SEC Freshman of the Year.
Moore earned exempt status through the first four events of the year with a T9 finish at the British Columbia Q-School earlier this month.
CORNELSON TAKES TOP CANADIAN HONOUR
In addition to his victory, Adam Cornelson earned Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours and a $2,500 prize.
At each Mackenzie Tour event, the top Canadian on the leaderboard receives the prize, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year honours and a $25,000 prize.
CHASE FOR THE FIVE
With a T6 finish on Sunday, Dan McCarthy maintained his spot atop the Order of Merit, earning $5,863 for the week. Below are the top five players through two events:
1. Dan McCarthy $37,363
2. Adam Cornelson $32,148
3. Taylor Moore $18,900
4. Tyler McCumber $18,900
5. Jeff Rein $12,443