Panzeri wins ATB Financial Classic by 2

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Updated: August 9, 2013

Alberta, Canada (Sports Network) – Joe Panzeri carded a 2-under-par 70 on
Friday to win the ATB Financial Classic by a pair of strokes.

Panzeri was ahead by three entering the final round, marking the second
straight year he held the 54-hole lead at this event. A season ago, he
squandered that lead and ended in third, but he delivered Friday, finishing 72
holes at 17-under-par 271 for his second PGA Tour Canada win.

“This year, I was trying to soak it in a little bit more and enjoy it,” said
Panzeri, who moved into third place on the tour’s Order of Merit with the
victory. “I enjoyed it a lot more coming down the stretch. I feel like I
handled the pressure at the end pretty well.”

Kevin Tucker and Kyle Stough carded matching 68s to end in a tie for second
place at 15-under 273, alongside Chris Epperson, who shot 69 at Country Hills
Golf Club’s Talons Course.

Tony Finau (71) fired a 64 and jumped into a share of fifth with Canadian Beon
Yeong Lee (66) at 14-under 274. Matt Marshall (67), Jon McLean (69), Nick
Taylor (70), Lucas Lee (70) and Maxwell Scodro (70) tied for seventh at
minus-13.

Panzeri opened with a bogey at No. 1, but rebounded with birdies at Nos. 2 and
7 to make the turn with the lead. He parred the 10th, but stumbled to
consecutive bogeys from the 11th and fell into a five-way tie for the top
spot.

Undaunted, the 27-year-old eagled the par-5 13th to regain a two-stroke
advantage. He parred his next four holes, and was ahead by a shot over
clubhouse leaders Tucker and Stough entering the par-4 18th.

There, Panzeri split the fairway, stuffed his approach within six feet and
drained the birdie putt for a 2-stroke win.

NOTES: Panzeri’s other PGA Tour Canada win on came at the 2011 Dakota Dunes
Casino Open … 2012 champion Michael Gligic played in the final group, but he
shot 75 on Sunday and tied for 21st at 9-under … This event was initially
scheduled for June 20-23, but was postponed due to torrential rains and
flooding in the Calgary area.