Oakville, Ontario — 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 on the par-5 18th hit the grass just above the sand lip and still had enough power to clear the water and get 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,” Vegas said. “But then when I saw the ball in the air, it was still going really hard and forward.”
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.
“It’s been a special day,” Vegas said. “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 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.”
Vegas closed with a 7-under 65 to match Hoffman at 21 under.
Hoffman, the third-round leader, birdied the 18th for a 68.
“I gave myself a chance, except I putted horribly today and left everything short,” Hoffman said. “Jhonny played great today. All credit to him.”
Hoffman left a 15-foot eagle putt short on the par-5 16th, then had a 10-foot birdie try on the par-4 17th and a 20-footer for eagle on 18 go by the left edges.
Senior British Open
In Bridgend, Wales, Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open in rain and wind at Royal Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10. Fighting a sore throat, the 59-year-old German star closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat Corey Pavin by three.
Ladies Scottish Open
In Irvine, Scotland, Mi Hyang Lee took advantage of Hall of Famer Karrie Webb’s late double bogey to win the Ladies Scottish Open for her second LPGA Tour title.
In Battle Creek, Erynne Lee won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship at Battle Creek Country Club for her second Symetra Tour title of the year.