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2017 RBC Canadian Open results: Playoff win gives Jhonattan Vegas back-to-back titles

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Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela attempts a birdie putt on the 1st hole during the third round of the 93rd PGA Championship. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela attempts a birdie putt on the 1st hole during the third round of the 93rd PGA Championship. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Jhonattan Vegas won the RBC Canadian Open title for the second consecutive year, beating Charley Hoffman by making a birdie on the first playoff hole on Sunday in Oakville, Ontario.

On the playoff hole, which was the par-5 18th at Glen Abbey Golf Club, Vegas, a 32-year-old Venezuelan, hit a chip from off the green to within a foot of the hole. He made his birdie putt, then claimed the title when Hoffman's birdie attempt from a bunker went past the hole.

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Vegas shot a 7-under 65 in the final round to finish at 21-under 267. Hoffman, who entered the final round with the lead, fired a 4-under 68, making a birdie on the 18th hole to force the playoff.

"I knew that I had to shoot a good round today to have a chance to win again," Vegas said. "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."

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The victory was the third of his career, but it represented a major turnaround this year for Vegas, who missed the cut in his previous five tournaments.

"To repeat in Canada, it doesn't get any better," Vegas said. "I came in here on a really long stretch of five missed cuts, not playing great golf, did a little bit of change on my Mizuno irons this week, and it was magic, to be honest."

Hoffman missed a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th hole, then missed a 10-foot birdie attempt on the 17th. On the 18th, he barely missed an eagle putt of about 25 feet that would have won the tournament, but it went by the left lip of the cup. He made that birdie to force the playoff.

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"I gave myself a chance, except I putted horribly today and left everything short," Hoffman said. "Jhonny played great today. All credit to him. It's always tough after you don't close the deal after having the lead."

Ian Poulter of England finished one stroke behind the leaders after firing a final-round 8-under-par 64, the best round of the day.

Gary Woodland finished fourth at 269 after a final-round 68, and Brandon Hagy (68), Robert Garrigus (69) and Tony Finau (68) were tied for fifth at 270.

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World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (67) and Kevin Chappel (71) were another stroke back at 271.

British Open runner-up Matt Kuchar, who barely made the cut after experiencing dizziness in the first round, finished at 278 in a tie for 32nd place.

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