Mark Blakefield sat down with PGATOUR.com’s Adam Stanley for a Q&A regarding his recent win on PGA Tour Canada, plans moving forward and upcoming wedding.
It didn’t take long for Mark Blakefield’s friends on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada to let him know that he was the Tour’s latest winner.
And they didn’t just say it, they sprayed it.
His friends Blake Palmer and Jay Woodson doused Blakefield, who captured the National Capital Open to Support our Troops Sunday by two shots over Kramer Hickok, with a few cold beers before accepting the trophy and the big winner’s cheque.
Now, Blakefield is looking to keep the party going this week (literally: his bachelor party begins Thursday) and into the rest of the season, as he sits seventh on the money list and is within shouting distance of The Five.
Here, Blakefield spent a few minutes with PGATOUR.com chatting about his magical run Sunday, his season so far, and how he met his fiancé, former professional golfer (and Big Break winner) Briana Vega.
There was a stretch there, on Sunday, where you made seven birdies in eight holes. What was clicking for you?
I started that run on No.5, making a long putt, and that just kept me going. Then six, seven, eight and nine, I really just hit a bunch of good shots in a row. Luckily I just kind of made every putt.
Yeah, that obviously helps.
Did the course fit your eye, when you saw it at first?
As far as the course goes, it did fit my eye. The main reason was I was driving it great, and I feel like that was the main thing out there. If you could get it in the fairway you could end up with a whole lot of wedges. Especially the par fives, they were all reachable. The way I was driving it, I had a lot of wedges out there.
Are you a scoreboard watcher by nature?
I always watch, so then I have an idea. I never knew exactly where I was, after nine or in the middle of the back nine. I knew I Had a lead but I didn’t know if it was five or one (laughs). That actually probably helped. I’d rather know… but in that case I think I knew just the right amount of information.
What was going through your mind as you got to the weekend near the lead? Did your approach change?
I pretty much just stuck with my same strategy the whole week, especially on the weekend. I just wanted to stay aggressive and try to make as many birdies as I could, and I figured everything else would take care of itself. When I got here, the last thing I wanted to do was get a little passive and start making pars, because then all-of-a-sudden you might start making a couple bogeys. I just wanted to make sure I stayed aggressive. I was aiming at every pin, I was playing ultra-aggressive and I wanted to stay with it over the weekend, and it paid off obviously on Sunday.
Talk to me about the wedding! When is it and how did you guys meet?
The wedding is November 17th, and we’re getting married on St. Petersburg Beach. We’re pretty excited, and we met through golf. Bri played professionally for a while and she won Big Break back in the day. We met seven or eight years ago through some mutual friends in Orlando… a few years ago I walked into the Country Club of Orlando and she was working there and it took off from there.
Does she caddy for you often or was this a one-off?
She’s gotten to come up a bunch this year. She came to the first three in British Columbia and she’s come to the last three. It’s worked out well. Her golf course is getting re-modeled so she’s ended up with some free time to travel around with me a little bit. It’s been fun.