Canadian golfer Michael Gligic wins Tour’s Panama Championship


Canadian Michael Gligic shot a 5-under 65 on Sunday to win the Tour’s Panama Championship by one stroke.

It was the 29-year-old’s first victory on the Tour. He had just one top-10 finish in his career heading into the Panama Championship, a tie for eighth place at the 2017 Nashville Open.

Gligic, a Burlington, Ont., native who resides in Kitchener, Ont., finished at 8-under 272 at the Panama Golf Club, one shot better than Xinjun Zhang of China.

Zhang capped his tournament with a 66.

Gligic had six birdies in Sunday’s final round _ including three straight on the ninth, 10th and 11th holes. His only blemish was a bogey on the Par-4 15th.

Carl Yuan (69) of China finished third at 6 under while Britain’s Ben Taylor, who opened the day atop the leaderboard, had two bogeys in his 1-over final round to fall to fourth place at 5 under.

Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch (67) finished in a tie for 19th, Albin Choi (70) of Surrey, B.C., tied for 36th and Mike Weir (70) of Brights Grove, Ont., took a share of 41st place.

Gligic rose six positions in the standings on the final day of the tournament.

He shot a pair of 70’s to open the event on Thursday and Friday but bettered his score with a third-round 67 to climb within striking distance of the lead heading into the final.

Gligic’s previous best result this season was a tie for 20th at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.