Golf: Vegas rolls dice to win Canadian Open by one stroke

Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:09pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas closed with three straight birdies for a one-stroke win at the Canadian Open on Sunday, earning redemption after a nightmarish finish in his previous event.

Vegas, who blew a six-shot halfway lead at the Barbasol Championship last weekend, closing in style this time with an eight-under-par 64 at Glen Abbey.

He finished at 12-under 276 to edge Spanish tour rookie Jon Rahm (67), Scot Martin Laird (67) and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (69).

Vegas began the final round five shots behind overnight leader Brandt Snedeker, teeing off in the ninth from last pairing, 80 minutes before the final group.

“We had Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, a bunch of guys, really close,” Vegas said. “Great players. If I got lucky, it was going to be a playoff. Super surprised when nobody got to 12.

“I had a six-shot lead going into the weekend (last week) and lost by three. I was five back starting today and won by one. It's a crazy sport.”

The 31-year-old Vegas recorded his second PGA Tour victory, his previous success coming in his second career event, the Bob Hope Classic in 2011.

His victory earned him a last-minute spot in the final major of the year, the PGA Championship starting at Baltusrol in New Jersey on Thursday.   Continued...