Day rallies to win RBC Canadian Open
July 26, 2015
- July 26, 2015
- Jason Day reacts after making birdie on the 72nd hole and opening up a two-shot lead. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) -- Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn's bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.
Day made a 22-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey.
"This must feel like what Tiger (Woods) did for so many times, and it feels good," Day said. "I'm going to try to do as much as I can and keep it the same and try and win."
Day was coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in The Open Championship at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vertigo symptoms last month to tie for ninth in the U.S. Open. He has four PGA TOUR victories, also winning at Torrey Pines in February.
Watson birdied the final four holes for a 69.
Day birdied three of the first seven holes, but dropped strokes on Nos. 8 and 9. Playing a group ahead of Watson and Hearn, Day parred the first six holes on the back nine, then birdied the par-5 16th and par-4 17th to take a one-stroke lead.
Hearn, two strokes ahead of Day and Watson entering the round, had a 72 to finish third at 15 under.
"I gave it my all. I didn't quite have my best game," said Hearn, from Brantford -- also hockey great Wayne Gretzky's hometown. "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."
Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner in 1954 at Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.
"It's a matter of time," fourth-place Jim Furyk said. "There are so many good Canadian players. I feel bad Mike Weir never won this golf tournament. But Graham DeLaet, David, there are a bunch of fine young players, so I'm sure it's going to happen."
Hearn birdied the first two holes, but gave back the strokes with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 7. He also bogeyed the par-3 12th, birdied the par-5 13th and closed with five pars.
"He was playing so good, he started off hot," Watson said. "He putts unbelievable. There was so many putts that he hit that should've fell in. I don't know how they stayed out. For him and Canada that would've been a great story. That would've been his first win. How amazing would that have been?"
Two-time winner Furyk had a 69 to reach 14 under.
Stewart Cink and Tom Hoge followed at 13 under, each shooting 66.
Jason Day walks in his birdie on the 72nd hole at RBC Canadian