By David Boclair
Dawson Armstrong knew he had a chance to win. He just figured he would have to put in a little overtime to do so.
Instead, the Brentwood native and Lipscomb Academy graduate broke from a crowd at the top of the leaderboard over the final holes Sunday and notched his first victory as a professional.
Armstrong won the Windsor (Ontario, Canada) Championship at 20-under par. Six players tied for second at 19-under and four others tied for eighth at 18-under.
“I didn’t think 20-under would hold,” Armstrong said, according to PGATour.com. “I thought it would go into a playoff. … I’ve never seen a leaderboard as jam-packed as that one. Come about No. 16 (Sunday), there were 12 guys within two shots of the lead. It was just jam packed all day and anyone could make a run at any given time.”
When the final round started, only four strokes separated the top 26 players. Armstrong was in the third-to-last group of the day and birdied two of the first three holes. He was 5-under through 13 holes and stayed that way to the finish.
He did not have a par putt of longer than three feet the entire day.
With the win, Armstrong earned $36,000 and climbed 10 spots to third on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada. The top five at the end of the season earn exemptions to the Korn Ferry Tour (formerly the Web.com Tour) the following year.
In five Mackenzie Tour starts this season, Armstrong now has one win, two other top 10 finishes (ninth place in each) and one 11th place finish. He also missed one cut.
“I felt more prepared for it than ever,” Armstrong said. “I tried to stay in the moment really well and the crowds helped me stay calm because I remembered they’re here to support and not criticize. I tried to turn fear into excitement and it was fun.”