Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vegas Retains Canadian Open Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vegas Retains Canadian Open Title

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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 go through 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," 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 267.

Vegas is paying close attention to the turmoil in Venezuela, where people stayed away from the polls in massive numbers Sunday in a show of protest against a vote to grant President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers.

"It's been on my mind. It's always on my mind," Vegas said. "I have family that live there. It's my country of birth. I mean, it hurts. Like I said yesterday, it hurts a lot, seeing the country the way it is; seeing a government that treats people that way when they don't deserve it just to remain in power, and all the suffering that even my family and friends that are having right now, it's just not fair."

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. …

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