OAKVILLE, ON – Jhonattan Vegas won the 2017 RBC Canadian Open, to defend his 2016 title by defeating Charley Hoffman in a playoff to claim his third career PGA TOUR victory.
The Venezuelan made a birdie on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, to become the seventh RBC Canadian Open winner to successfully defend his title.
J. Douglas Edgar (1919-20), Leo Diegel (1924-25, 1928-29), Sam Snead (1940-1941), Jim Ferrier (1950-1951), and Jim Furyk (2006-07) have all accomplished the feat.
Vegas recorded his lowest round of the championship, firing a 7-under-par 65 in Sunday’s final round with just one bogey on the par-3 15th.
Coming into the week, Vegas had missed five consecutive cuts.
Hoffman, from Rancho Santa Fe, CA, was the 54-hole leader at 17 under par. He carded a 4-under-par 68 in Sunday’s final round.
This is the fifth time Hoffman has failed to convert a 54-hole lead into a victory.
Hoffman’s previous best finish at the RBC Canadian Open was a T4 at St. Georges Golf and Country Club in 2010.
Englishman Ian Poulter charged up the leaderboard Sunday, carding an 8-under-par 64 to finish third at 20 under par in his first RBC Canadian Open appearance.
After a tumultuous start to his season in which he nearly lost his PGA TOUR card, Poulter now has two top-5 finishes in 2017.
Gary Woodland of Topeka, KS, finished fourth at 19 under par – his fifth top-10 of the season and best-ever finish at the RBC Canadian Open.
Dundas, ON, native Mackenzie Hughes won the Rivermead Trophy as the low Canadian, finishing in a tie for 32nd at 10 under par in his first RBC Canadian Open as a professional.
Hughes finished strong with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to climb 23 spots after struggling with a 2 over par 74 in the third round.
Graham DeLaet from Weyburn, SK, finished T48 at 8 under par, closing with a 1-under-par 71 on Sunday.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson tried to make a charge after starting the day five shots back of Hoffman at 12 under par. The Jupiter, FL, resident finished with a 5-under-par 67, ending tied for eighth.