Hocknull claims ‘awesome’ win
Craig Hocknull pulled away from the pack yesterday at Port Royal Golf Club to comfortably win the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada tournament.
Hocknull's three-day total of four-under-par 209 (74-69-66) was five shots better than Brian Hadley who held a slim one-stroke lead heading into the final round.
Dave Levesque, the PGA of Canada's No 1-ranked player, finished alone in third at three-over.
“This is just an awesome win,” Hocknull said. “Last year I came close to winning this championship and I wanted to make sure that this year in Bermuda I walked away as the winner.”
The 41-year-old's final round at Port Royal featured an impressive seven birdies and just two bogeys. His five-under-par round was the lowest by any competitor all week.
“It really all started to click for me on No 7 when I made a nice two-putt birdie, then I birdied the ninth and really just kept it rolling from there,” Hocknull said.
Lindsay Bernakevitch and Gordon Burns rounded out the top five, finishing tied for fourth.
In addition to the 54-holes of championship golf, PGA of Canada members were treated to a number of off-course events as well, such as a players' reception last Sunday at the Fairmont and a skins game shoot-out on the world renowned par-three golf club at Turtle Hill on Monday after the practice round.
Hocknull said he thoroughly enjoyed his first Bermuda experience this week.
“It's just been a fantastic week here in Bermuda,” he said. “Everything and everyone has just been first class and I've really enjoyed my experience here.”
The Inter-Zone Team Championship, which is comprised of four players per zone (and three scores per team counting), was handed out on Wednesday. Team Ontario, featuring Hadley, Burns, Danny King and James Skrypec, captured the title, besting the squad from British Columbia by 18 shots.
Port Royal hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2009-2014, including winners such as Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley and Lucas Glover.
Former champions of the PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada include Danny King, Adam Chamberlain, Roger Beale, Norm Jarvis, Gar Hamilton, Bob Panasik, Yvan Beauchemin, Graham Gunn, Ken Tarling and Brian Hutton.