As Danny Klughart watched friend and co-leader Jehremy Ryde’s putt catch the edge of the cup and then lip out, he knew he was champion.
The Prince Albert native forced a playoff hole on Thursday, putting up a stellar 6-under 66, in the third — and what was scheduled to be final — round.
Klughart and Ryde began their playoff on the 18th tee box early Thursday evening, but following their drives they were forced to postpone the winner-take-all playoff to Friday morning, due to plough winds that littered the field branches with debris.
“It was pretty scary.”
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Conditions at the course were much better Friday morning following an extensive clean-up by the grounds crew at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.
With the tournament being extended by a day, the eventual champion needed a place to stay on Thursday night and found it from the very man he was competing against.
When asked if any late-night “pranks” were pulled to potentially get Klughart off of his game, Ryde had this to say.
“I was trying to get my cat, maybe, to bug him a little bit, “Ryde said with a laugh.
“But no, it was all in fun.”