RBC Canadian Open – Glen Abbey – 2017

Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship returned to Glen Abbey, the Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Oakville, Ontario, for a record 29th time this past Sunday. And for the second year in a row, Jhonattan Vegas proved victorious and claimed his third PGA Tour win after defeating Charley Hoffman.

Vegas, a statuesque Venezuelan, made a birdie on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, to become the seventh RBC Canadian Open winner to successfully defend his title. Douglas Edgar (1919-20), Leo Diegel (1924-25, 1928-29), Sam Snead (1940-1941), Jim Ferrier (1950-1951), and Jim Furyk (2006-07) have all accomplished the feat.

“Obviously, repeating is a big thing for the confidence,” said Vegas. “I want to win more and bigger tournaments, and this is a great step forward.”

Vegas recorded his lowest round of the championship, firing a 7-under-par 65 in Sunday’s final round with just one bogey on the par-3 15th. Coming into the week, Vegas had missed five consecutive cuts.

Hoffman, from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., was the 54-hole leader at 17 under par. He carded a 4-under-par 68 in Sunday’s final round. This is the fifth time he has failed to convert a 54-hole lead into a victory. Hoffman’s previous best finish at the RBC Canadian Open was a T4 at St. Georges Golf and Country Club in 2010.

Englishman Ian Poulter charged up the leaderboard Sunday, carding an 8-under-par 64 to finish third at 20 under par in his first RBC Canadian Open appearance. After a tumultuous start to his season in which he nearly lost his PGA TOUR card, Poulter now has two top-5 finishes in 2017.

Gary Woodland of Topeka, Kans., finished fourth at 19 under par – his fifth top-10 of the season and best-ever finish at the RBC Canadian Open.

Dundas, Ont., native Mackenzie Hughes won the Rivermead Trophy as the low Canadian, finishing in a tie for 32nd at 10 under par in his first RBC Canadian Open as a professional. Hughes finished strong with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to climb 23 spots after struggling with a 2 over par 74 in the third round.

Graham DeLaet, hailing from Weyburn, Sask., finished T48 at 8 under par, closing with a 1-under-par 71on Sunday.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson tried to make a charge after starting the day five shots back of Hoffman at 12 under par. The Jupiter, Fla., resident finished with a 5-under-par 67, ending tied for eighth.

Grounds tickets for the 2018 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, as well as a limited number of premium ticket packages are now available. Details regarding ticket packages and pricing are available online at www.rbccanadianopen.com. Golf Canada and RBC will once again offer FREE admission to juniors 17-and-under.

 

By Scott McAlpine and Chris Heighington

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