In his victory at the Watersound Invitational on Feb. 22, Canon Claycomb set numerous personal records. The Crimson Tide junior won his first career individual competition, finished in the top five for the first time in his career, and shot three consecutive rounds in the 60s for the first time in his career. He finished at 14 under par and eight shots ahead of Georgia Tech’s Ross Steelman after rounds of 67-66-69 at Shark’s Tooth Golf Course in Panama City, Florida. For the week, he had 17 birdies and led the field in par-5 scoring.
Claycomb was a strong young golfer who reached the top of the Golfweek Junior Rankings at one point. Claycomb, who is now a junior for Alabama, is ranked No. 54 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
The native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, enrolled at Alabama a semester early but only appeared in two events in the spring of 2020 before COVID’s season was cut short.
“It’s incredible. This has been a challenge I’ve been attempting to overcome (winning first collegiate tournament). I’ve had some nice results, but this is my first win at the collegiate level, so it feels great. It was fantastic. I didn’t think I missed a single shot all weekend. This victory is not only beneficial to me, but also to our team. The boys knew I was in the lead and playing well, but it was fantastic to see our entire squad step up and finish well, especially on the back nine today. I believe it sharpened everyone’s focus, and we were able to make a few birdies down the stretch to finish in second place. I’m quite happy of our team and how the spring season has begun.”