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Jhonattan Vegas wins Canadian Open in playoff

Jhonattan Vegas birdies the first playoff hole.

Jhonattan Vegas birdies the first playoff hole.

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his 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 in the playoff on the par-5 18th hit the grass just above the sand lip and went through the green. 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.

"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 I hit it," Vegas said of his chip that hit around the sand lip. "But then when I saw the ball in the air, it was still going really hard and forward.

"It's been a special day. I just came out with an aggressive mentality, just feeling really good about my game.''

Vegas closed with 7-under 65 to match Hoffman at 21-under 267. Hoffman, the third-round leader, birdied the 18th for 68.

"I gave myself a chance, except I putted horribly and left everything short," Hoffman said. "Jhonny played great. 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.

"It's always tough after you don't close the deal after having the lead," he said.

Vegas has three PGA Tour titles, also winning the 2011 Bob Hope Classic.

Ian Poulter was one back after 64, the best round of the day.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: Bernhard Langer won in rain and wind at Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10. Fighting a sore throat all week in the difficult weather conditions, Langer closed with par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat Corey Pavin by three strokes. "Wasn't 100 percent," Langer said. "Makes it even more meaningful." He joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three senior majors in a season and won the event for the third time to match the tournament record.

LPGA: Mi Hyang Lee took advantage of Karrie Webb's late double bogey to win the Scottish Open in Irvine for her second LPGA Tour title. "I didn't believe I got a win," said Lee, six shots back entering the round. A stroke ahead of Lee with two holes left, Webb dropped a shot back with the double bogey on the par-5 17th after driving into a bunker and having to play out backward. Lee, playing in the group ahead of Webb, increased the margin to two with a birdie on the par-5 18th. Needing eagle to force a playoff, Webb closed with birdie to tie for second with Mi Jung Hur. Webb didn't know she was two strokes behind because of the lack of a leaderboard on the final hole and said she wasn't sure if she should play for eagle or birdie. "That's the first time I've ever been (at a tour event) that hasn't had a leaderboard on 18,'' she said.

Jhonattan Vegas wins Canadian Open in playoff 07/30/17 [Last modified: Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:38pm]
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