(Quebec) has already been considered as the next Mike Weir. In its own way, Derek Gillespie lived its heyday Sunday by winning the Quebec Open Promutuel Insurance presented by Baton Rouge Golf Wildlife. The Ontarian 38 years withstood a load of Stephane Dubois on the front nine to win by four strokes.
With a cumulative -20 (268) after the four rounds of this competition, Gillespie succeeded Dave Lévesque, winner of the previous two presentations. He also pocketed the purse of $ 18,000 given to the champion.
When the warming Dubois, Gillespie donned an eagle (two under par) at the 11th hole. Ultimately, this brand of three on a normal five probably made the difference.
“We can say that it’s been the turning point, especially after such a starting Stephane. After that, it just went. And when I managed to put the ball into safety claustrophobic 13th hole, I was relieved. This is my first win for a long time in a four-day tournament is rewarding for all the work done this season, “said the hero of the weekend.
At 38, Gillespie found its means after dry passage five. He enjoyed a second victory in 2016. He will try to qualify for the Canadian Open next week.
“It’s fun to do the job … I think this win will help me in the future. I have taken an important step in my career. Hopefully I can win other tournaments. I will come certainly defend my title next year. ”
Gillespie had a two-shot lead on Dubois early in the day. The Ontarian, whose grandfather was born in Belgium, rolled 30 on the front nine to overtake his rival by two strokes at the halfway point, Dubois finally finishing second (-16). Louis-Philip Cornellier was third (-12). Dave Levesque, Raoul Menard and Richard Jung finished the tournament tied for fourth (-10).
“It was exciting to go, I wish I could keep this pace all day, but it’s hard to do. On the back nine, I was a little too ambitious and I have not made the necessary moves. Derek deserved to win, “said Dubois.
Happy for his former roommate
Winner in 2014 and 2015, Lévesque was happy for Gillespie, a former roommate in their debut on the Canadian Tour. “He was a big star when he arrived on the Tour, he was considered as the next Mike Weir. At -20, it did not steal his victory. He certainly well negotiated the green, it has clicked for him this week. I have great respect for him and I knew he would be valid. ”
Member of the top three on Sunday, Raoul Ménard settled for a 3 card (75) to slide a row in the final standings. “Stephane has done an incredible burden and tried somehow to follow them. I made mistakes niaiseuses on green, you can not win a tournament by not making your putts. Overall, this is a positive tournament for me and the earth continues to turn, “philosophized Ménard also happy for Gillespie, who often breaks the crust with him on the LatinoAmerica circuit.
Casually, the best player of Quebec was Louis-Philip Cornellier, who rode on a second round of 70 (-2) to finish third at -12. “After 12 holes I was at -15, and I think I was four shots back. When I saw that the leader was at -20, I decided to play for third place and it was the right decision, because I ended up with three normals to the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, “admitted one who did not think the tournament would win with a low cumulative. Carl Tardif
The head master of the Tournament
Not having been able to win a third consecutive time at the Quebec Open, Dave Lévesque had his head in the Tournament of Masters, which will take place in his region, the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Thursday and Friday at the Bic golf Club. “I still have major tournaments, I arrive with full confidence in Bic, I know I’m about to explode,” he said of his visit to his childhood region where he won the last tournament he played there. Lévesque, who was nine shots off the pace at the start of the last round, brought his best card of the weekend at -4 (68) Sunday to finish fifth. “The downside is that I have experienced a slow start, it put me too far, too fast, so I had to be aggressive and less patient. On the positive side, the more it went better and I was playing, “analyzed the highest ranked player in the country that got a pass for the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey next week.
Final table (normal: 288)