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The Takeaway

Vegas back-to-back in Canada

by Mo Yoshimoto
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

RBC Canadian Open

Oakville, Ontario



Making his fifth appearance, defending champ and World No. 78 Jhonattan Vegas erased a three-shot deficit with a closing 7-under-par 65 to match 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman on 21-under 267, and then defeated him with an up-and-down birdie on the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 18th.



Final Leaderboard:


P1- Jhonattan Vegas: 66-69-67-65 (-21)

P2- Charley Hoffman: 68-66-65-68 (-21)

3rd- Ian Poulter: 67-69-68-64 (-20)

4th- Gary Woodland: 70-63-68-68 (-19)

T5- Tony Finau: 69-67-66-68 (-18)

T5- Robert Garrigus: 70-69-62-69 (-18)

T5- Brandon Hagy: 65-68-69-68 (-18)



The 32-year-old, a pre-tourney 70/1 outright, bags his third PGA TOUR title in 156 career starts (155 pro), first since his five-shot come-from-behind win here last year (28 starts ago).



24 winners this season were in their 20s

12 were in their 30s (Vegas)

4 were in their 40s




Vegas’ Wins (3):


2017: RBC Canadian Open (come from behind)

Career Start: 156th (155 pro)

Margin: PLAYOFF (two players)


2016: RBC Canadian Open (come from behind)

Career Start: 128th (127 pro)

Margin: 1 shot


2011: Bob Hope Classic* (72-hole co-leader; 90-hole event)

Career Start: 5th (4th pro; 2nd as member)

Margin: PLAYOFF (three players)


*now CareerBuilder Challenge




Canadian Open Comparison:





Vegas, on limited status (Past Champion), got in last year off a top-10 finish (T4) the week prior at the opposite-field Barbasol Championship. He is the most recent winner on TOUR to win on a top-10 exemption. Ranked 203rd in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), he overcame a five-shot deficit in the final round with 8-under 31-33=64 (ninth-to-last twosome) to win by one over three players.




Fully exempt, the Venezuelan arrived off five straight missed cuts – six MC in his last seven – including in debuts at the U.S. Open and The Open. He overcame a three-shot deficit with 7-under 30-35=65 (fourth-to-last twosome) and then won in a two-man one-hole playoff, improving his record in sudden death to 2-0.



Hoffman, the overnight leader, had his chances to close this one out but didn’t exactly give it away. He shot 4-under 33-35=68, dropping to 0-for-4 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes while his playoff record slips to 1-2. The 40-year-old was also a 54-hole co-leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March and finished T2 with 1-over 73.




Round 4 Stats Comparison (rank):



SG: Off-the-Tee:

Vegas: 1.042 (13th)

Hoffman: 1.892 (2nd)


SG: Approach-the-Green:

Vegas: 0.873 (23rd)

Hoffman: 0.122 (35th)



SG: Around-the-Green:

Vegas: 0.548 (20th)

Hoffman: 0.275 (35th)


SG: Putting:

Vegas: 3.064 (4th)

Hoffman: 0.238 (35th)


SG: Total:

Vegas: 5.526 (T2)

Hoffman: 2.526 (T9)


Greens in Regulation:

Vegas: 13 (T10)

Hoffman: 12 (T20)



Vegas: 26’9” (16th)

Hoffman: 29’10” (T34)



Vegas: 25 (T8)

Hoffman: 28 (T38)



Vegas: 8 birdies, 1 bogey

Hoffman: 6 birdies, 2 bogeys



In extra time, both players missed the fairway to the par 5, but Hoffman was forced to layup. He hit his third into the rear greenside bunker and would need a hole out to extend, as Vegas had chipped his third from 30'10" away for a tap-in 4 from 16 inches.




With a Strength of Field rating of 205 (down from 269 last year), Vegas banks 38.00 world-ranking points and jumps 30 places to a career-high 48thin OWGR. It’s the first time that’s he’s been in the Top 50.


Vegas collects 500 FedExCup (FEC) points for the victory and leaps 59 spots to 28thin the FEC standings.


He earns invites to the PGA Championship in two weeks as well as the 2018 SBS Tournament of Champions and the 2018 Masters. Vegas was already exempt into this coming week’s WGC-Bridgestone from last year’s Canadian Open win.




Field Scoring Average:



This was the 108th playing of the Canadian Open and 29th at Glen Abbey Golf Club, third straight.


7,253 yards; par 72 (35-37)



R1: 70.115 (contested over two days)

R2: 70.877

R3: 69.711

R4: 70.526


Total: 70.371


Vegas carded rounds of 66-69-67-65 for 14.230 SG: Total

Hoffman carded rounds of 68-66-65-68 for 14.230 SG: Total




Vegas' Position by Round:


R1: T6

R2: T10  

R3: T5

R4: T1



Vegas is the sixth winner on TOUR this season to check in off a missed cut:



Vegas (MC x5 straight): Canadian Open


Grayson Murray: Barbasol

Jason Dufner: Memorial

Billy Horschel (MC x4 straight): Byron Nelson


Mackenzie Hughes: RSM




Vegas’ Weekly Stats (ranking of 76 players):



Birdies: 27 (T1)

Bogeys: 4 (T1)

Double Bogeys: 1 (T28)


Par-3 Scoring: 2.88 (T16)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.83 (T2)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.25 (T6)


Driving Distance (all drives): 305.0 yards (13th)

Driving Accuracy: 28/56 (T53) at 50.00%

GIR: 54/72 (T7) at 75.00%

Proximity to hole: 28’1” (10th)

Putts per GIR: 1.648 (19th)

Total Putts: 111 (T33)

Putts by Round: 28-28-30-25

Scrambling: 13/18 (19th) at 72.22%


SG: Off-the-Tee: 3.346 (14th)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 7.139 (5th)

SG: Around-the-Green: -0.029 (45th)

SG: Putting: 3.774 (11th)

SG: Tee-to-Green: 10.454 (6th)




Vegas’ Season Recap:



23 starts

14 made cuts

9 missed cuts

6 top 25s

3 top 10s

2 top 5s (T4, Honda)




Hoffman’s Season Recap:


25 starts

18 made cuts

7 missed cuts

12 top 25s

6 top 10s

4 top 5s (P2, Canadian Open; T3, Travelers; T2, API; T4, Genesis)







A total of 76 pros from a field of 153 pros and three amateurs made the 36-hole cut of 4-over 140:



35 (of 77) EARLY/late; 1 WD


41 (of 78) LATE/early




13 players finished in the top 10 with SEVEN of those LATE/early, including the CHAMP.



LATE/early: Jhonattan Vegas (P1), Ian Poulter (3rd), Tony Finau (T5), Dustin Johnson (T8), Kevin Chappell (T8), Seamus Power* (T10), Sean O’Hair (T10)


EARLY/late: Charley Hoffman (P2), Gary Woodland (4th), Robert Garrigus (T5), Brandon Hagy* (T5), James Hahn (T10), Andres Gonzales (T10)


* career bests




28 tourneys this season with a traditional draw:





EARLY/late: 19 (67.8%)


LATE/early: 9




Yahoo! Low Rounds:



R1: Brandon Hagy, Hudson Swafford, Ollie Schniederjans, Matt Every, Kevin Chappell (65)

R2: Gary Woodland (63); tied career low

R3: Robert Garrigus (62); tied course record

R4: Ian Poulter (64)




Leader/co-leaders by Round:



R1: Hudson Swafford: Drops to 0-for-2 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

R1: Brandon Hagy: Drops to 0-for-1

R1: Kevin Chappell: Drops to 0-for-3

R1: Matt Every: Drops to 0-for-6

R1: Ollie Schniederjans: Drops to 0-for-2


R2: Martin Flores: Drops to 0-for-2


R3: Charley Hoffman*: Drops to 0-for-4


* Hoffman is 17th player this season to have a one-shot lead thru 54 holes and the 14th that failed to convert. The three that did convert: Jordan Spieth (Travelers); Kevin Chappell (Valero); Mackenzie Hughes (RSM)




Field Breakdown:



6 of the Top 50 in OWGR were in the field


4 finished in the top 10:



No. 1 Dustin Johnson (T8); pre-tourney fave outright 6/1

No. 32 Kevin Chappell (T8)

No. 38 Charley Hoffman (P2)

No. 47 Gary Woodland (4th)





No. 64 Tony Finau (T5)

No. 69 James Hahn (T10)

No. 71 Ian Poulter (3rd)

No. 75 Sean O’Hair (T10)

No. 78 Jhonattan Vegas (P1); defender

No. 243 Robert Garrigus (T5)

No. 293 Brandon Hagy (T5); career best

No. 319 Seamus Power (T10); career best

No. 339 Andres Gonzales (T10)




First-timers and/or Rookies:



First-timers: 34

Top-10 finishes: 3



Ian Poulter: In his fifth straight week of competition, three of those overseas, the 41-year-old was top debutant with solo 3rd on 20-under 268 (67-69-68-64), one swing shy of the playoff.



Brandon Hagy: The first-time member though not a rookie finished a career-best T5 on 18-under 270 (65-68-69-68). It’s his first career top-10 finish in 33 career starts.



Seamus Power: One week after posting a career-best T18 at the Barbasol, the 30-year-old finished T10 on 16-under 272 (68-70-68-66). It’s his first career top-10 finish in 23 career starts (all this season).




TOUR Rookies: 20

Top-10 finishes: 2



Seamus Power: This is the first time this season (23 starts) the East Tennessee State alum took top-rookie honors. The Irishman, who lives in Charlotte, NC., finished the week with a flurry, circling five of his final six holes.




Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:



Jordan Spieth (1st-P1)

Marc Leishman (T6-T5)

Brooks Koepka (T6-1st)

Robert Garrigus (T5-10th)



Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:



Scott Stallings (T62-T3-T5)




Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:



Jordan Spieth (8 in 17 events)

Justin Thomas (8 in 19 events)

Dustin Johnson (7 in 14)

Rickie Fowler (7 in 15)

Brian Harman (7 in 24)

Jon Rahm (7 in 17)

Charley Hoffman (6 in 25)

Tony Finau (6 in 24)

Brooks Koepka (6 in 18)

Kevin Kisner (6 in 21)

Daniel Berger (6 in 20)




Updated Top 10 in OWGR (this week’s finish):



1. Dustin Johnson (T8)

2. Jordan Spieth (idle)

3. Hideki Matsuyama (idle)

4. Rory McIlroy (idle)

5. Sergio Garcia (idle)

6. Jon Rahm (idle); UP one, career high

7. Jason Day (idle); DOWN one

8. Henrik Stenson (idle)

9. Alex Noren (idle)

10. Brooks Koepka (idle)




Updated Top 10 in FedExCup standings (points):



1. Jordan Spieth (2,579) 

2. Dustin Johnson (2,359)

3. Hideki Matsuyama (2,204)

4. Justin Thomas (2,060)

5. Jon Rahm (1,718)

6. Rickie Fowler (1,634)

7. Brooks Koepka (1,629)

8. Daniel Berger (1,573)

9. Brian Harman (1,492)

10. Kevin Kisner (1,474)




Up Next:



The TOUR double-dips with the 19th WGC-Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio, taking center stage.


Defending is Dustin Johnson, who won a then-third career WGC title last year (in the 17th edition at Firestone CC), erasing a three-shot final-round deficit with 4-under 66 to beat 54-hole leader Scott Piercy by one.


The opposite field event is the Barracuda Championship (Modified Stableford scoring) at the Montreux G&CC in Reno, Nevada, where Greg Chalmers is the defending champ, claiming his first TOUR title in his 386th career start.


Chalmers, the 54-hole leader by 4 points, patched together a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in the final round to collect 4 points and post 43 points total, good for a six-point win over runner-up and 2013 Barracuda champion Gary Woodland.



Stay tuned to this space for all the latest player news and analysis as the TOUR readies for its 40th and 41st tournaments of the season.