Danny is the King of the TaylorMade adidas PGA of Ontario Championship

7/15/2015

Danny is the King of the TaylorMade adidas PGA of Ontario Championship

July 15, 2015

ST CATHARINES, ON - At first glace the parody in the ranks of the PGA of Ontario looks tight but recent events might be tilting the scales heavily in Danny King's favor.  King, who is the Head Teaching Professional at the Performance Academy at Magna, currently sits on top of the all-time PGA of Ontario money list and has taken top spot in the last two events that he has played in, and they aren't just any tournaments.  Last month Danny King traveled to eastern Canada to go toe to toe with the best PGA of Canada professionals in the country at the PGA Championship of Canada and took home the title.  He backed that up with an impressive win yesterday at the TaylorMade adidas PGA of Ontario Championship, winning over closest rival Billy Walsh (Fairtree Golf Centre) and Keir Smith (The National Golf Club of Canada) by two shots. 

Day One of the Championship was dominated by Jim Zwolak (Credit Valley Golf & CC) who could not be stopped carding 7 birdies and no bogeys on his way to a seven-under 65.  All eyes were on Zwolak as day two brought heavy wind and a flood of rain.  King set himself up nicely for a come from behind victory, flying under the radar sitting at T3 but still landing a spot playing in the final group.  When Zwolak struggled to maintain his day one magic, King made his move.  "Playing with the lead or trying to come from behind, my game plan doesn't change much.  Strike the ball well and give myself looks at birdie."  King said after collecting his $8,000 first place cheque.   He needed to both come from behind and play with a lead in Tuesday's round.  Using Golf League Genius live scoring King knew that he had a two shot lead standing on sixteen.  He laid up on the par 5 and just missed his birdie putt to push the lead to three.  Next up for King was the monster 240 yard par 3; after finding the green side bunker and leaving the par-save putt just short, his lead shrunk to one with one to play.  King sent a laser down the middle of the par four eighteenth and landed his approach four feet left of the pin.  Not satisfied with just 2 putting for the victory, King drained his birdie putt to both win the title and make history.  Danny King is the second four-time PGA of Ontario Champion in the association's history and the first since 1982. 

The biggest move up the leaderboard belonged to, whom else, but one of King's biggest competition week in and week out for best in the PGA of Ontario, Billy Walsh.  He managed to navigate himself from T16 (72) at the start of day two all the way to second spot with a five-under 67. 

For a complete list of the entire field and their hole by hole scores CLICK HERE

 

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