Woodard Wins Again in Montreal


Canadian Tour-LargeMONTREAL, Quebec -- Stephen Woodard won his second consecutive tournament on Sunday, as he cruised to victory at the Montreal Open. He carded an even-par 70 to win by three at 4-under-par 206 at Club de golf de L'ile de Montreal.
Woodard won the Edmonton Open two weeks ago to become the first player on the Canadian Tour to win consecutive starts since New Zealand's Steven Alker in 2000.
Woodard moved up to second on the Order of Merit and has to be considered the favorite when the Canadian Tour wraps up its season at the Bay Mills Open Players Championship at the end of August.
'It's great to go into Bay Mills knowing I am in control of my own destiny, so to speak,' said Woodard. 'I've been getting comfortable with the crowds and being in a position to win on a Sunday afternoon. People say the travelling and grinding it out every week can be tough on a pro golfer, but this makes it all worthwhile.'
Craig Taylor also shot an even-par 70 on Sunday and took second place at 1-under-par 209. Chez Reavie carded a 1-over 71 in the final round and was the only other player to finish at par or better. He came in with an even-par score of 210.
Heavy rainfall on Saturday forced tournament officials to cancel the third round and shorten the tournament to 54 holes.
Woodard built a four-shot lead at the turn, but dropped a stroke to par at the 10th. Taylor cut the margin to two, but Woodard put the tournament out of reach with an 8-foot birdie putt at the 11th.
Woodard played 1 over the rest of the way, but held on for the win.
'I am just thrilled,' said Woodard. 'I knew I was in good shape, but I told myself just to finish the round and not let up. I played the percentages, and figured I'd look to see where I was at 16 or 17. I'm a leaderboard watcher. It's a good feeling to look up there and see your name at the top.'
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