Sainz secures Players Cup victory

The Sports NetworkJuly 21, 2013 

Carlos Sainz Jr. shot 4-under 68 on Sunday and won the Players Cup by a single stroke.

Sainz Jr. birdied four of his last six holes to finish at 17-under-par 271 and lock up his first PGA Tour Canada win.

Overnight leader Nathan Tyler carded a 71 and finished one shot back at 16- under when his 50-foot birdie putt at the last missed.

Mackenzie Hughes also shot 71 to end in a tie for third at 14-under with Kent Eger, who fired a 68 at Pine Ridge Golf Club.

Wil Collins, David Skinns and Brady Schnell carded matching 67s to share fifth place at minus-13.

Early in the final round, Sainz birdied two straight from the second to pull even with Tyler at 15-under, then took sole possession of the top spot when the latter bogeyed the fifth.

Tyler recovered with a birdie at the sixth and later reclaimed the lead when Sainz stumbled to bogeys at Nos. 9 and 11.

But Tyler opened the door with a double-bogey 6 at the 11th and Sainz walked through, reeling off four bogeys over a five-hole stretch from the 13th to take the lead at 17-under.

He parred the last to stay there, as Tyler clawed back within a shot courtesy of birdies at Nos. 13, 15 and 17.

Rain started falling as Tyler pursued a birdie at the par-4 last.

He was on the green in two, but needed to sink a 50-footer to force a playoff. When putt failed to drop, Sainz has his maiden win on the circuit.

NOTES: Sainz's previous best career PGA Tour Canada finish came at the 2012 Tour Championship, where he tied for fourth ... Entering this tournament, he had missed two cuts in three starts on the season ... Tyler has made all four cuts in his rookie PGA Tour Canada season.

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