Smith birdies last for Desert Dunes title

Byron Smith birdied the 18th hole Sunday to pick up the win at the Desert Dunes Classic, the final event on the 2011 Canadian Tour schedule.

Smith, the third-round leader, finished with a six-under 66 on Sunday to win the championship at 16-under 272. The margin of victory at Desert Dunes Golf Club was two, but this was very tight down the stretch.

Kent Eger eagled the par-five 16th to match Smith in the lead at 15-under par. Both players parred the 17th and it came down to the last.

Smith holed a 15-foot birdie putt and Eger made bogey to give Smith his fourth Canadian Tour title and first since the 2009 Times Colonist Open.

Eger carded a respectable five-under 67 on Sunday.

Jordan Cox fired an eight-under 64 in the final round and shared third place with Stuart Anderson, who shot a two-under 70 on Sunday. The duo finished at minus-nine.

Ryan Williams also had a 64 in Sunday's final round. That vaulted him into a tie for fifth with Jim Rutledge, who posted a five-under 67, at eight-under 280.

Ryan Yip managed an even-par 71 and came in seventh at seven-under 281, while Matt Daniel's two-under 70 gave him an eighth-place finish at six-under-par 282.

NOTES: Smith pocketed $24,000 for the victory...Jose de Jesus Rodriguez won the money title and Hugo Leon finished second.