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31.07.2017 - After defeating Charley Hoffman in a sudden-death playoff, Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title to secure his third PGA TOUR title. Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title

After defeating Charley Hoffman in a sudden-death playoff, Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title to secure his third PGA TOUR title in his 156th start at the age of 32 years, 11 months and 11 days. He began the day three strokes back of solo third-round leader Hoffman.

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Vegas becomes the first repeat winner of the RBC Canadian Open since Jim Furyk (2006-07). ©Störtebek

On the first extra hole, the par-5 18th, Vegas and Hoffman both hit their tee shots into fairway bunkers. Vegas hit his second shot to the greenside rough and nearly chipped in, leaving himself with a 1’4” birdie putt. Hoffman laid up on his second shot and then hit his third shot from 111 yards into the greenside bunker. Hoffman’s failure to hole the bunker shot secured the victory for Vegas. With the win, Vegas collects 500 FedExCup points to move from 87th to 28th in the FedExCup standings with 973 points. He has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs three times in his career, making it to the TOUR Championship for the first time last year. He ended his season No. 29 in the standings after a T24 finish at East Lake. With the win, Vegas is projected to move from 17th to 10th in the Presidents Cup standings, with the top 10 players after the Dell Technologies Championship securing a spot on the team. The Presidents Cup will be played at Liberty National Golf Club the week after the TOUR Championship. Sunday’s playoff marked the first playoff at the RBC Canadian Open since Sean O’Hair defeated Kris Blanks on the first extra hole in 2011. There have been five playoffs on TOUR this season, most recently at Quicken Loans National, with Kyle Stanley defeating Charles Howell III on the first extra hole. Vegas’ 7-under 65 on Sunday was marked by birdies at Nos. 2, 5, 6, 7 and a 40’3” birdie putt on the par-4 9th to make the turn at 5-under 30. A back-nine 2-under 35—with birdies at Nos. 11, 13, and 16 and a lone bogey at the par-3 15th—completed the 65. Vegas made of total of 142 feet of putts on the day, needing 25 putts to complete the final round.
 
Vegas becomes the first repeat winner of the RBC Canadian Open since Jim Furyk (2006-07) and the fourth repeat winner on TOUR this season (Daniel Berger/2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic; Hideki Matsuyama/2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open; Justin Thomas/2016 CIMB Classic). Since its 1904 inception, only 17 players have won the RBC Canadian Open more than once, with six doing so in back-to-back seasons. Vegas now becomes the fourth consecutive international winner of the RBC Canadian Open (Jason Day/2015; Tim Clark/2014). Vegas is now 2-0 in playoffs. He defeated Gary Woodland and Bill Haas at the 2011 CareerBuilder Challenge for his first career PGA TOUR victory. Vegas’ 72-hole total score of 21-under par 267 at Glen Abbey is one stroke shy of the low 72-hole score at the course. Tiger Woods’ shot a 22-under 266 at Glen Abbey in 2000 for a one-stroke victory. Vegas entered this week on the heels of five consecutive missed cuts. In 23 starts this season, he has six top-25 and three top-10 finishes. His best finish prior to this win was a T4 at The Honda Classic in February. Vegas tied Gary Woodland for total birdies made this week, with 27. Despite a field total of 71 eagles this week, Vegas failed to record a single eagle in any of his rounds.