Vegas defends Canadian Open with play-off win

Vegas defends Canadian Open with play-off win

Jhonattan Vegas has defeated Charley Hoffman in a sudden-death playoff to become the first golfer in 10 years to defend the US PGA Tour's Canadian Open.

The 32-year-old clearly learned from his earlier miscue as he chipped beautifully to tap-in range for birdie and then celebrated moments later when Hoffman failed to hole out from a greenside bunker. He then nailed a chip from the back of the green to within a foot for birdie.

"To repeat in Canada, it doesn't get any better", said Vegas, whose 7-under-par 65 gave him a 21-under total of 267. Vegas hit next and though his ball clipped the lip as it exited the bunker it still had enough steam to make it to the back of the green and just into the rough that surrounds the putting surface.

Hoffman (68) had a long eagle chance for the win in regulation at 18 but his putt went past the right edge of the cup. The American made a good run at it, but the ball went past the hole to make Vegas the first back-to-back victor since Jim Furyk accomplished the feat in 2006-2007.

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Venezuela's Vegas, the 2016 victor, clenched victory at Toronto's Glen Abbey course from overnight leader Hoffman with a birdie at the par-5 18th - the first extra hole.

English veteran Ian Poulter stormed home with a brilliant 64 to take outright third at 20 under.

World number one Dustin Johnson completed a strong showing with a five-under 67 - his fourth consecutive round in the 60s.

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