Jul 31st, 2017
Jhonattan Vegas retains Canadian Open title
Resurgent Poulter in third
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Golf is brilliant isn't it. Prior to coming to defend his Canadian Open title, Jhonattan Vegas had missed his last five cuts in a row. So obviously he wins here, beating Charley Hoffman in a play-off while Ian Poulter finished third.
32-year-old Venezuelan Vegas shot a blistering seven-under-par 65 to make up three shots on overnight leader Hoffman and tie on -21 at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario.
Poulter, 41, shot a 64 - the lowest round of the tournament - to finish one shot behind Vegas and Hoffman.
Vegas was safely tucked up in the clubhouse at -21 and watched as Hoffman birdied the 16th and 18th to draw level. Hoffman went within a whisker of winning outright but his eagle chance just slipped by.
In the play-off, Vegas hit a sensational second shot from a fairway bunker on the par-five 18th to help set up a simple birdie chance, while Hoffman was faced with a no win situation from a bunker which he failed to hole.
The whole Kitten Kaboodle
-21 J Vegas (Ven) C Hoffman (US)
-20 I Poulter (Eng)
-19 G Woodland (US)
-18 B Hagy (US), T Finau (US), R Garrigus (US)
-17 D Johnson (US), K Chappell (US)
-16 A Gonzales (US), S Power (Ire)
-15 V Singh (Fij)
-13 R Sabatini (S Africa)
-12 S Kaufman
-10 M Kuchar (US)
-9 B Watson (US), R Barnes (US)
-8 S Horsfield (Eng)
-2 J Furyk (US)
Ernie Els, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell