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Jhonattan Vegas defends in Canada as Ryan Ruffels struggles

The win was Jhonattan Vegas' third PGA Tour title. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas, has successfully defended his RBC Canadian Open title following a run of six missed cuts in his last seven starts.

Vegas defeated Charley Hoffman with a birdie at the first hole of a playoff at Glen Abbey Golf Club near Toronto to win his third PGA Tour title and move his world ranking to just inside the top fifty and open up the possibility of a place on this year’s Presidents Cup Team.

Vegas is currently 17th in the rankings for this year’s International Presidents Cup side but today’s win will now see him inside the top ten automatic qualifiers ahead of the final selection date for the Liberty National Golf Club in early September.

Vegas began the final round three shots behind the 54-hole leader Hoffman but an outward nine of 30 to take the lead over Hoffman who had begun well with three birdies in his opening six holes before the momentum slowed.

Over an hour earlier Ian Poulter continued his recent good form when he recorded a final round of 64 to set the clubhouse lead but with Vegas, Hoffman and others still on the golf course it appeared it might not be quite enough and it was not.

When Vegas finished his round 30 minutes and one shot ahead of Hoffman he awaited the outcome. Hoffman birdied the last after missing a twenty-foot eagle putt which would have seen him win outright before Vegas won in extra time.

"I am the type of person that never gets down on myself," said Vegas referring to his recent run of poor form. "I mean I am always fighting hard and staying positive and playing hard every single day.

"The Presidents Cup has been on my mind all year especially after winning here last year and putting myself in a position to make the team. It would be awesome Nick Price is such a great guy and I feel like making that team will be something special in my career so I think I made a step forward today so hopefully I will keep playing well and make the team."    

Poulter finished one behind and alone in 3rd position while Gary Woodland was 4th.

Australia’s Ryan Ruffels began the final day tied in 5th position with, amongst others, Vegas but an outward nine of 39 put paid to any chance he had of contending for the title and indeed for a top ten which would have earned him a start at next week’s Barracuda Championship.

Ruffels would eventually finish tied for 32nd after a final round of 76.

Of the other Australians Cameron Percy finished 70th and Brett Drewitt 77th.

The PGA Tour now splits in two with those eligible playing next week’s WGC Bridgestone Championship In Akron in Ohio while others will head to Reno in Nevada for the Barracuda Championship where Greg Chalmers will defend his 2016 title.









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