Australia’s Jason Day rallied to win the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club by a single shot from Bubba Watson of the USA.
Home player David Hearn led going into the final round, but the Canadian came under pressure early on Sunday as Day birdied three of the first seven holes.
The Australian stumbled in the middle of his round with dropped shots on the 8th and 9th holes, but he saved the best for last as he closed with three straight birdies – enough to win by one from a fast finishing Bubba Watson.
“This must feel like what Tiger did so many times. It feels good,” said Day. “I’m going to try and do this as much as I can.”
It was Day’s fourth PGA Tour title and it comes just a week after he narrowly missed out on making the playoff for The Open Championship in St Andrews.
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David Hearn was bidding to become the first Canadian winner since 1954 and he started promisingly with two birdies. But he had given those shots back by the close of the front nine and then dropped another shot at the 12th. With both Day and Bubba Watson finishing strongly, Hearn came up two shots shy.
“I gave it my all. I didn’t quite have my best game,” said Hearn. “I’m real proud of the way I played and I’m really proud to be Canadian today. It was a pretty special day with all of the fans and the support that I had from beginning to finish.”
Bubba Watson finished with four straight birdies to move ahead of playing partner Hearn and take second place. Hearn was third and two-time champion Jim Furyk finished fourth.
RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario
Purse: $5,800,000, par 72
1 Jason Day (Aus) 68 66 69 68 271 $1,044,000
2 Bubba Watson (USA) 68 67 68 69 272 $626,400
3 David Hearn (Can) 69 64 68 72 273 $394,400
4 Jim Furyk (USA) 68 69 68 69 274 $278,400
T5 Stewart Cink (USA) 68 73 68 66 275 $220,400
T5 Tom Hoge (USA) 70 70 69 66 275 $220,400
T7 Austin Cook (USA) 68 70 69 69 276 $174,725
T7 Adam Hadwin (Can) 74 67 67 68 276 $174,725
T7 Charley Hoffman (USA) 71 66 69 70 276 $174,725
T7 Matt Kuchar (USA) 69 69 69 69 276 $174,725
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage