Jhonattan Vegas successfully defends Canadian Open title

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 31, 2017 07:30 AM
Jhonattan Vegas successfully defends Canadian Open title
Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas plays a shot on the 5th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title Sunday at Glen Abbey, beating Charley Hoffman with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Vegas' approach from the left bunker in the playoff on the par-5 18th hit the grass just above the sand lip and went through the green. The 32-year-old Venezuelan chipped to a foot — after racing a chip past the hole in regulation from the same area en route to a par — and won when Hoffman's birdie try from the back bunker slid past the hole.

Vegas closed with a 7-under 65 to match Hoffman at 21-under 267. Hoffman, the third-round leader, birdied the 18th for a 68.

Vegas has three PGA Tour titles, also winning the 2011 Bob Hope Classic.

Ian Poulter was a stroke back after a 64, the best round of the day.

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