Coming off the British Open, it was a wonder as to how the 2017 RBC Canadian Open would hold up in being a great event. With the finish today there was no doubt about it being another great week on tour.
The last two winners in Canada had birdied the last 3 holes on Sunday to claim their victory (Jason Day and Jhonattan Vegas), this week that same result didn’t happen but it was still very exciting.
Vegas extended his lead out to -21 and coming into the last hole a par 5 at Glen Abby (site of Tiger Wood’s famous 6 iron out of the fairway bunker to make eagle and win) Charlie Hoffman knocked it on the green in 2 and had an eagle putt himself for the win. Hoffman’s putt just missed his eagle putt so he and Vegas went back to the 18th hole for a playoff.
Both players hit drives into the fairway bunkers on 18 and Hoffman laid up to 110 yards. Vegas was very aggressive from 185 yards and went for it. His iron hit the grass above the lip of the bunker and up shot and ended up landing on the green. The ball rolled through the green and into the rough.
Hoffman’s approach shot was a flyer and ended up in the back bunker. Vegas played quickly and chipped down to about 6 inches securing his birdie. Hoffman pulled the flag and hit a bunker shot that rolled by the left edge of the hole and when it passed the hole it Vegas was the winner.
This was a tough one for Hoffman. He has been on a lot of leaderboards this year. He hasn’t been able to close the deal and this was a great opportunity and he couldn’t do it again. Sooner or later he has to get that win.
Dads Say So congrats to another golfing dad in Jhonattan Vegas on getting defending his title in Canada. Defending a title on the PGA Tour is very difficult because of all of the obligations that go along with it. You have to show up for everything that week at the tournament and it makes it so difficult to play well enough to defend. It was also great to see him playing better after missing 5 straight cuts. It is at a point in the year when FedEx cup points are at a premium and players are trying to position themselves into a point to get into the first event.