Until last week, Jason Bohn’s claim to fame was being the player who won $1 million in a hole-in-one contest at age 19 while at the University of Alabama.
There also was the time he shot 58 in a Canadian Tour event.
Now, Bohn can be known as a PGA Tour winner.
Bohn shot his second consecutive 66 July 17 en route to a tournament-record 24-under-par 264 to win the B.C. Open by one shot over four players.
“You don’t really expect when your first win is going to come,” said Bohn. “I hadn’t played that well this year. I missed a lot of cuts, and I haven’t seen that many great things come out of my game. And then this week I kind of got turned around.”
Bohn, 32, held off third-round leader Brendan Jones, seeking his first triumph, and Tour winners J.P. Hayes, John Rollins and Ryan Palmer.
Bohn, in only his second year on tour, won $540,000, becoming the 13th player to make this tournament his first triumph. He also is the eighth first-time winner in 2005.
“It’s just amazing,” said Bohn, who made birdie at Nos. 16 and 17 to take a one-shot lead. “I couldn’t have asked for it to come out in a better scenario, my best friend on tour with me all day.”
The previous tournament record in relation to par was 22 under, set in 2001 by Jeff Sluman and Paul Gow. The tournament record score was 265, by Calvin Peete in 1982. He finished 19 under when En-Joie Golf Club played to a par 71.
The victory was not devoid of drama. Palmer, who had made four consecutive birdies to storm into contention, hit to 16 feet of the pin to set up a birdie try on No. 18, and Bohn followed by hitting just short of the green. Bohn chipped to 7 feet and then stood back and watched.
“I thought, ‘This putt could mean me winning the golf tournament,’ ” Palmer said settling for par. “If I make that, he has to make his to stay in it.”
Bohn, who practices each week with Palmer, calmly stepped up and made the putt to save par and earn victory.