Vegas wins in playoff for second straight Open title
, Ont. This year, there were no video calls to be made when Jhonattan Vegas won the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament. He’d brought his wife and daughter with him so they could see him win the PGA Tour event — again — in person.
Vegas made birdie on the 524yard par-5 No. 18 to win a playoff with Charley Hoffman on Sunday and capture back-to-back Canadian Opens. As soon as he’d shook hands with Hoffman, hugged his caddy and waved to the crowd, Vegas beelined for his wife Hildegard and hugged and kissed her between the bunkers that sit behind the green.
“It’s hard to put it in words,” said Vegas. “But it’s just really fun, watching them really enjoy it in person and seeing how nervous they are when I’m on the course playing. Every time you get a chance to share these moments with your family, it’s just really important.”
Vegas was in Canada alone when he won last year — even his caddy couldn’t make it because of visa issues — so he spent his entire news conference on his phone.
The Venezuelan shot a 7-under 65 in the fourth round to finish the tournament at 21 under. Hoffman, who entered Sunday atop the leaderboard with a one-stroke lead, had a 68 to force the playoff.
Vegas could have sealed his win in regulation and prevent a playoff at Glen Abbey Golf Club, but came up four inches short on his birdie putt.
“I had to sit down pretty much in the same chair, same TV and just wait to see what was going to happen,” said Vegas.
“I was feeling a little bit angry with myself that I didn’t birdie 18 in regulation.”