Andrade Takes Odd Route in Winning Canadian Open

From Staff and Wire Reports

Billy Andrade won the Bell Canadian Open on Sunday by purposely playing into the bunker and saving par to defeat Bob Friend on the first playoff hole at Oakville, Canada.

The victory ended a seven-year drought for Andrade. He has won three times on the PGA Tour and has trailed going into the final round in all three.

“When you don’t win for awhile, you don’t know if you’re ever going to win again,” said Andrade, who finished at 13-under 275 and won $396,000. “But I had a funny feeling about this week.”

In the playoff, Andrade and Friend returned to the 18th hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club and took the same route as on the final hole of regulation play--a drive to the fairway, and an approach shot that wound up in the amphitheater surrounding the 18th.

Friend, playing first, tried using his sand wedge to get over the bunker, but the ball rolled through the green and into the water.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” Friend said, putting his hand up.

Andrade hit his chip shot into the bunker, then blasted out to 5 feet and made the par-saving putt.

Andrade was so shook up by the whirlwind finish that he nearly forgot to replace his ball mark before making the winning putt.

“That last hole probably aged me 10 years,” he said.


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