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Vegas wins Canadian Open

AAP logoAAP 24/07/2016 By Ashton Hudson

Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas produced a final round blitz to upstage a handful of big names and the local favourite to snatch victory in the Canadian Open.

Vegas shot a final round eight-under-64 at Glen Abbey Golf Club to rocket up to 12-under-276, claiming a one-shot victory for his second US PGA Tour title.

Vegas set the mark to beat by making birdies on his final three holes and then watched as countless challengers failed to match him.

"It's a great feeling. I mean, last week, I had a six-shot lead going into the weekend and lost by three. I was five back starting today and won by one," Vegas said.

"It's a crazy sport. You've just got to keep your head down and play hard at every shot."

World No.2 Dustin Johnson (69) needed an eagle on the last to force a playoff but could only manage birdie, falling one back at 11-under in a tie for second.

Spanish young gun Jon Rahm (67) was in the same boat and also came up a shot short.

Brandt Snedeker (71), the overnight leader and 2013 champion was another needing an eagle on 18 to force extra holes but the American pulled his approach into a bunker and left his third shot in the sand to end up tied fifth.

Scotland's Martin Laird only needed a birdie on the par five finishing hole but drove it into a bunker, laid up into the gallery and left himself 36-feet for birdie only to see the putt slide by.

American Steve Wheatcroft had the best chance, tied for the lead with two to play, only to finish bogey bogey.

Needing an up and down birdie from the greenside bunker on the 18th to force a playoff, Wheatcroft bladed his shot into the water.

"I am surprised. We had Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, a bunch of guys, really close. Great players that I mean, I thought if I got lucky, it was going to be a playoff," Vegas said.

"Super surprised when I saw that nobody got to 12. But that's the fortunate breaks that sometimes you need to be a champion on the PGA Tour."

Canada's hope of a drought-breaking win fell to amateur Jared du Toit, who shot 71 to finish tied ninth in his quest to be the first local national open winner since 1954.

Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy produced his lowest US PGA Tour score in over seven years to be the best Australian, also tied ninth at nine under.

Ogilvy produced a sublime 63 and held the clubhouse lead for three hours before being overrun late.

Ogilvy last shot 63 in June of 2009 at the Memorial Tournament, matching it with a late blitz of two eagles and two birdies in his last six holes.

World No.1 and defending champion Jason Day was the next-best Australian after a 67 left him at seven under in a tie for 14th.

John Senden shot 67 to finish six under and Cameron Percy (67) finished at five under.

Rhein Gibson (-4), Stuart Appleby (-3), Robert Allenby (+1), Rod Pampling (+2) and Greg Chalmers (+3) rounded out the Australian tilt.

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