OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) â 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.
Vegasâ approach from the left bunker on the par-5 18th hit the grass just above the sand lip and still had enough power to clear the water and go through the green.
âWhen I heard the clip, because obviously I didnât see it, I knew that it was probably going to go in the water, because I didnât know exactly how hard it hit it,â Vegas said. âBut then when I saw the ball in the air, it was still going really hard and forward.â
The 32-year-old Venezuelan chipped to a foot â after racing a chip past the hole in regulation from the same area en route to a par â and won when Hoffmanâs birdie try from the back bunker slid past the hole.
âItâs been a special day,â Vegas said. âI 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 7, 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.â
Vegas closed with a 7-under 65 to match Hoffman at 21-under 267.
Vegas is paying close attention to the turmoil in Venezuela, where people stayed away from the polls in massive numbers Sunday in a show of protest against a vote to grant President Nicolas Maduroâs ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers.
âItâs been on my mind. Itâs always on my mind,â Vegas said. âI have family that live there….