Ve­gas re­peats as Cana­dian Open champ

Birdie on first hole of play­off beats Hoff­man, se­cures sec­ond con­sec­u­tive vic­tory

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

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, be­cause I didn’t know ex­actly how hard it hit it,” 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-par 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.

South Korean wins Scot­tish Open.

South Korea’s Lee Mi-hyang staged a re­mark­able come­back to win the Ladies Scot­tish Open.

Lee was in 39th place and nine shots off the lead com­ing into the week­end, but the 24-year-old posted rounds of 68 and 66 to fin­ish 6-un­der at the Dun­don­ald Links in North Ayr­shire.

Kar­rie Webb looked on track for a vic­tory when she ea­gled the 14th for a two-stroke lead, but the Aus­tralian bo­geyed the 16th and dou­ble bo­geyed the 17th, al­low­ing Lee to win.

Langer sets record with 10th ti­tle.

Two-time Mas­ters cham­pion Bern­hard Langer won a record 10th se­nior ma­jor ti­tle, cruis­ing to vic­tory in the Se­nior Bri­tish Open. Langer posted a 1-over 72 in the fi­nal round. He fin­ished at 4-un­der over­all and won the tour­na­ment by three strokes.

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