The 28-year-old started 9-under over his opening seven holes on his way to a record-breaking 13-under-par 58 at Huron Oaks Golf Club for a four-round total of 260 and a two-shot win over Jace Bugg (Henderson, KY). Steve Scott of Wellington, FL, who carried a one-shot lead into play Sunday, finished third, five shots behind Bohn. David Hearn of Brantford, ON, an alternate who gained a berth in the event when several players couldnt get flights earlier in the week, was the top Canadian, winding up with a 16-under 268.
Even more remarkable with Bohns score, believed to be the first-ever 58 carded in tournament play, was the fact that he pulled it off with a bogey, on the par-3 eighth hole. But offsetting the one blunder on an otherwise brilliant afternoon were ten birdies and a pair of eagles. Afterwards, Bohn, who won his biggest payday with the ace while at the University of Alabama in 1992, admitted Sundays accomplishment meant more to him.
I think this means more to me because this is something I earned on my own, as opposed to a lucky shot, said Bohn after moving from 14th spot to end the season in third place on the McDonalds Order of Merit. It was wild, it was crazy.once I got really low, I started to get nervous but Billy (caddy Bill Spencer) kept me calm. Once I made the turn (at 9-under), I knew I had a chance.
With his parents in the gallery, the first time they had seen their son play a full tournament in his five years on the Canadian Tour, Bohn actually had a chance to shoot 57, but his long birdie putt on the par-5 final hole rolled just by the cup.
I must admit, Ive had a lot of luck in my life, he added. but this meant a lot to me since it was the first time my parents were here to see me.
Even in a moment all golfers dream about, Bohn couldnt help but take time to pause and reflect on the heartache that grips his native U.S., and the world, this week.
It was very difficult, and my heart goes out to every single person who was affected by this tragedyand I know I speak for every single player on the Canadian Tour. Maybe, in some way, us being here allowed us to take us away from what happened, if only for a little while. But nobody will ever forget.
Players, officials, volunteers and more than 5,000 spectators paused for a minutes silence during the closing ceremonies. As well, the tournament donated $15,000 to relief efforts in New York City, as well as another $30,000 to two local charities.
The Bayer Championship was the final full-field Canadian Tour event of the season. The top 30 money-leaders on the McDonalds Order of Merit will compete in this weekends $100,000 Niagara Classic in Niagara Falls.