RBC Canadian Open. Vegas Defends Title, In Play-Off

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Jhonattan Vegas defends his RBC Canadian Open title, beating Charlie Hoffman in a play-off at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jhonattan had a -7 under 65 last round to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard, but Charlie, the third round leader made a birdie at the last for a -4 under 68, and to join him at -21 under par for the tournament.

Jhonattan, Venezuela then birdied the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, to secure his hold on the Trophy, but he was lucky with his approach to the green;

“When I heard the clip, because obviously I didn’t see it, I knew that it was probably going to go in the water, because I didn’t know exactly how hard it hit it.”

 “But then when I saw the ball in the air, it was still going really hard and forward.”

“It’s been a special day, I knew that I had to shoot a good round today to have a chance to win again.”

“I just came out with an aggressive mentality, just feeling really good about my game. “

“When I started making a few birdies, especially the putt for birdie on seven, I started feeling the same chills that I felt last year when I won, and I just knew that something good could happen if I kept that going.”

Charlie, USA, had a horrible putting day

“I gave myself a chance, except I putted horribly today and left everything short.”

“Jonny played great today. All credit to him.”

“It’s always tough after you don’t close the deal after having the lead.”

 “Seventeen, I hit a great putt. Actually thought I made it.”

“That green was a little burned out. Thought I made that putt on 17.”

“Eighteen, I hit a good putt. Sixteen, is the one I want back, right in the jaw strip, didn’t get there.”

A resurgent Ian Poulter, England, was in third place, a final round -8 under par 64 leaving him just one shot short of a play-off, at -20 under. He had a great day with the putter;

“The best thing I did today was start holing a few putts.”

“I played good golf today. I gave myself a lot of chances.”

“I’m going to rue a couple of chances out there on the golf course, 13, 16, where I felt I had opportunities to add to my under-par tally.”

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RBC Canadian Open. Hoffman Has The Lead.

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Charlie Hoffman leads the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club after 54 holes.

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Charlie shot a third round -7 under par 65, which gave him the lead in the RBC Canadian Open at -17 under par, and a one shot lead gong into the final round tomorrow.

Charlie has the Presidents Cup on his mind, he wants to be in the team;

“I know I’m going to have to play myself on to the team. I’m going to have to play good and get a win.”

“It’s something I want to do before my career is done.”

 “I’m going to earn it and I’m going to try, and if I don’t, you’ll know I went down swinging.”

Kevin Chappell holds second place, at -16 under par, a -6 under 66 third round keeping him in contention.

Robert Garrigus, with a new course record -10 under 62, shares third place at -15 under par with Gary Woodland, who carded -4 under 68 today.

Robert got disqualified at the John Deere Classic a few weeks ago for signing an incorrect scorecard;

“It’s been in the back of my mind ever since I got my TOUR card last year. You want to keep your job. This game is so hard and we work really hard and we fight, we practice and we work out. It’s one of those things where you’re constantly searching for something good, and I found it today.”

“This is really weird, but last night I’m sitting in my room and I’m thinking, If I can get a lead before they even tee off, that would be awesome.”

 “I’m going to try and build on that tomorrow, so I’m really excited.”

“It was a great day, one to remember.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. Martin Flores Leads, While the Tournament Director Leaves.

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Martin Flores leads the RBC Canadian Open after two rounds at Glen Abbey Golf Club, as the Tournament Director is asked to leave.

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Martin carded a second consecutive -6 under 66 to lead the RBC Canadian Open with a -12 under par total, and a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Martin is happy to be back on the PGA Tour again;

“Playing on the Web.com Tour last year was a little refreshing in that you have to shoot so low. “

“So no matter if you’re in the lead or if you’re chasing, you’re always attacking. You’re always trying to make birdies.”

 “That’s kind of a similar situation with how the rain has been this week. You just have to keep attacking.”

“I haven’t been able to attack like I’ve wanted to.”

“Now I’m starting to hit the ball very nicely, so I’m giving myself a lot of opportunities.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are, Matt Every, -4 under 68 today, and Gary Woodland with his magnificent -9 under par 63, he completes a USA 1,2,3.

Gary made six birdies in a row, a good day with his putter;

“Came out today and saw some putts go in early and just kind of rode the momentum all day.”

 “I was just trying to keep going, keep going. Obviously holing the bunker shot on 18 was huge.”

“But you’ve got three par fives in the middle of that stretch, so drove the golf ball in play and gave myself a lot of chances.”

In a strange turn of events Brent McLaughlin, this years tournament director of the RBC Canadian Open has been stood down, mid-tournament.

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Laurence Applebaum, the CEO of Golf Canada, was coy when asked why, and would only state;

“It’s a confidential employee matter, Brent will not be here for the weekend.”

Just wonder if it is a dress code thing, like the LPGA, as Brent is a tattooed, leather-clad, Harley Davidson driving, guitar picking former roadie. Not exactly the type of image the PGA Tour wants to project.

Bill Paul, who served as tournament director at the Canadian Open for 22 years, will replace Brent for the final two rounds.

 

 

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RBC Canadian Open. Jhonattan Vegas Victorious.

 

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Jhonattan Vegas was victorious in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada 

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Jhonattan won the RBC Canadian Open with an amazing final round -8 under par 64, carding birdies on his last three holes, posting a tournament total of -12 under par.

“It’s never easy, I won on my second start as a rookie, I really thought it was going to be a little bit easier right after that.”

“But it’s been five tough years with injuries to kind of get your momentum back to win golf tournaments.”

“It’s incredible. There are a lot of emotions running through my head right now. I’m super excited. It’s incredible from where I started this year, not having full status on tour.”

“Knowing that it was going to be a really tough year, I think was a great thing for me, because it made me realize how much I loved being here and how much harder I had to work to get back here.”

Three players tied in second place at -11 under for the competition, Jon Rahm -5 under 67 today, Martin Laird, -5 under 67 and Dustin Johnson continuing his recent good form, -3 under par 69 in the final round.

Top Canadian player was the amateur Jared du Toit, who could only manage a last round -1 under par 71 to finish T9 with a -9 under total.

RBC Canadian Open. Canadian Jared du Toit Looking Good.

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Canadian amateur Jared du Toit is giving the home country some hope, looking good in second place at the RBC Canadian Open, to tournament leader Brandt Snedeker.

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Brandt leads the RBC Canadian Open, after three rounds  at Glen Abbey Golf Club, with a -9 under par total. Brandt posted a third round of -6 under par 66, to give himself a one shot going into the final round tomorrow, to try and repeat his win in this tournament from 2013;

“Birdieing five of your first six, you can’t really draw it up any better.”

 “I kind of had a lull there in the middle of the round, then finishing the way I did and taking advantage of the two par fives gave me a chance to go out there tomorrow and try to win this tournament again.”

“This gives me a lot of confidence going into the PGA Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, and helps me secure a Ryder Cup spot.”

 “There’s a lot on the line tomorrow, and I know what it entails and I need to go out and play well to secure that.”  

“I think I’m going to be the most hated man in Canada tomorrow.”

Jared, -2 under 70 today, shares second place with Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, both at -8 under par for the three rounds played.

Jared  will try to become the first Canadian in more than 60 years to win his national open;

“I’m honestly just out here to have some fun and enjoy the atmosphere.”

 “Obviously I want to play well tomorrow, but it’s kind of my first go at it.”

“Win or lose, I’m happy with the way this week’s gone.”

Dustin took 27 putts today, not good compared to 23 and 26 in the previous rounds;

“The conditions were pretty difficult. It was windy. I had a hard time adjusting to the greens.”

 “I would either hit it too far or too short. I feel like I’m hitting good shots, but today, I just didn’t make any putts.

“I feel like I’m playing pretty well, got a lot of confidence in my golf swing right now.”

 “I just need to go out and make some birdies early and put some numbers on the board.” 

Low round of the day went to Steve Wheatcroft, -8 under par 64, to be T4 at -7 under;

“I know I’ve been playing very well lately.”

 “By swinging the club great, I went out there and tried to do my best.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. David Hearn Leads.

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Going into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open, David Hearn, from Canada leads, and is hoping to become the first Canadian to win his home National title since Pat Fletcher achieved the honor back in 1954.

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David shot a third round -4 under par 68 to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard at -15 under par, at Glen Abbey Golf Course.

David is already dreaming of victory here in Canada, but realizes that the big boys are right behind him, in the names of Bubba Watson and Jason Day;

“This is something you dream of, I feel like I’m ready to step up to the challenge.”

“Hopefully, I can make some birdies and David can beat Goliath.”

Right behind in second place, two shots back are the formidable pair of Bubba Watson and Jason Day, both with -13 under par totals. Bubba with -4 under today, and Jason with -3 under par.

Because wife Angie is from Pickering, Ontario Bubba is thinking he will get some support from the gallery;

“Truthfully, let’s be honest; we don’t think about where somebody’s from, all we think about is that there’s a guy in front of us.”

“I’ve got a couple family members. They’re going to pull for me, too.”

“I’m right where I want to be, I just wish the leader was a little closer to us.”

Jason birdied six of the last seven holes to get right up the table, and is aware of the history to be made for David;

“Obviously, it’d be great to see a Canadian win, but I’m going to do my best to try and spoil that.”

“We’re all out here to try and win a golf tournament.”

Tied in fourth position are Michael Putnam and Brooks Koepka, at -12 under par for the tournament after they both carded -4 under par 68 today.

Chad Campbell followed his second-round 63 with a dismal +3 over par 75 to fall into a tie for sixth at 11 under. He was joined on that score by two-time champion Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Emiliano Grillo and Johnson Wagner.

Making his professional debut at this tournament is 22 year-old Ollie Schniederjans, fresh from his great performance in The Open at St Andrews where he tied for 12th place, as an amateur. Ollie is currently tied for 11th place here at -10 under par, another great performance.