July 16, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three former Louisville men's golfers enjoyed solid weekends on their respective professional tours.
Riley Wheeldon earned his first PGA TOUR Canada victory at the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON Sunday, firing a 6-under par 66 at Fort McMurray Golf Club to finish 13-under par for the week and win by one over Brazil's Lucas Lee.
Adam Hadwin tied for seventh overall at the Utah Championship by carding a 19-under par 265 to continue his fine season. He fired a 7-under par on the Willow Creek Country Club course on Thursday and a 6-under on Friday.
Derek Fathauer finished two shots behind Hadwin at the same events to tie for 16th place, shooting a 17-under 267. He also shot 7-under on Thursday. He shot a pair of 67s on Saturday and Sunday.
Wheeldon became the first Canadian winner in PGA TOUR Canada's inaugural season, earning $27,000 for the win and moving to the top of the Order of Merit with $37,988 in earnings.
Wheeldon was able to emerge from a tightly-packed leaderboard, making birdie on three of the first five holes on the back nine to reach 13-under par before cruising to pars on his final four holes.
For the second time this season, Wheeldon also collected the $1,500 prize as Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week. Wheeldon finished third and was low Canadian at the season-opening Times Colonist Island Savings Open in June.
The low Canadian each week earns the weekly $1,500 prize, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season's end earning a $10,000 prize as Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year.
Wheeldon boasts a $16,025 lead over Abbotsford, British Columbia's Nick Taylor in the season-long standings.