Leon wins ATB Financial Classic
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Hugo Leon only managed an even-par 71 in Sunday's final round, but it was enough to earn the victory at the ATB Financial Classic.
Leon finished at 13-under 271 and won by a stroke at Bearspaw Country Club. This was Leon's first victory on the Canadian Tour.
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez, the tour's leading money winner, was done in by a double-bogey at 10 and a bogey at 12. He shot a two-under 69 and took second at minus-12.
Last year's winner, and the 2008 champion Dustin Risdon, who shared the third- round lead with Leon, struggled to a two-over 73 and tied for third place with Richard Scott, who fired a five-under 66 on Sunday. The pair came in at 11- under 273.
Leon broke into red figures with a birdie at the fourth, but that was only enough to move one ahead. Rodriguez birdied one and eagled the par-four fourth to reach 13-under par.
Rodriguez birdied No. 6 to tie Leon, but a Leon bogey at the par-five seventh gave the tour's money leader sole possession of first place.
Leon clawed back. After the hiccup at six, Leon rattled off back-to-back birdies at eight and nine to make the turn in the lead at 15-under par.
Leon's margin grew after Rodriguez double-bogeyed the par-four 10th. Rodriguez also bogeyed the 12th and Leon was four strokes clear of the field.
Things tightened thanks to some Leon mistakes and good play from his closest competitors. Leon bogeyed the par-three 12th and Risdon birdied the same hole. Rodriguez birdied the par-five 13th and the cushion was down to two.
The defending champion fell three behind after a bogey at the 14th. Rodriguez parred his last five to get into the clubhouse at 12-under par.
Leon made things interesting down the stretch. He bogeyed the 17th hole to take a one-shot lead over Rodriguez to the final hole. Leon stiffed his approach to six feet, but, only needing a two-putt, did just that for the win.
Alex Coe and Brad Fritsch both shot even-par 71s and shared fifth at 10-under 274. Benjamin Alvarado shot a two-under 69 and finished seventh at minus- eight.
Josh Habig fired a five-under 66 and tied for eighth with Garrett Sapp, who had a one-under 70 on Sunday, at seven-under 277.
NOTES: Leon pocketed $32,000 for the win...Rodriguez, a two-time winner already this season, remained atop the money list...The Canadian Tour moves to Saskatchewan next week for the Dakota Dunes Casino Open in Saskatoon, where Will Wilcox captured the 2010 event.
07/03 19:46:53 ET