Each year, the RBC Canadian Open seems to provide one of the season’s best events. The 2017 version was no different, as fans were treated to a playoff late Sunday afternoon to find out who would hoist the trophy. In the end, it was a face very familiar to Canadian Open fans.
After an impressive Sunday 65, Jhonattan Vegas successfully defended his 2016 win by defeating Charley Hoffman in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff. Hoffman, who closed with 68, birdied 18 to force the playoff, but mustered only par in the playoff.
While Vegas and Hoffman had weeks to remember, there was — as always — quite a bit of disparity between the weeks of those two and the rest of the field. It may have been all poutine and gravy for the previously mentioned, but many others were forced to go without.
Here’s a look at who spent Sunday night celebrating — and those looking for a mulligan:
Jhonattan Vegas — After five straight missed cuts and an equipment change, Jhonattan Vegas is back on top at a PGA Tour event. Vegas, who collected his third career win and second consecutive RBC Canadian Open in a playoff over Charley Hoffman, has been dismal to say the least over the last month of so. On Sunday, he was brilliant. Vegas used his new Mizuno irons to shoot a Sunday 65 and steal the win from Charley Hoffman. Unfortunately for most of us, Vegas wasn’t even a blip on our fantasy radar, so his win was for naught in a fantasy sense.
Charley Hoffman — One guy who turned in a fantasy performance worth writing about was the hard-luck runner-up, Charley Hoffman. I truly wish this were a Ryder Cup year, because there are few things I’d like to see more than Charley Hoffman on a Ryder Cup team. Hoffman’s runner-up in Canada was his second of the season and his 6th top-10. Until further notice, Hoffman should be at or near the top of your fantasy prep.
Ian Poulter — It wasn’t a win, but it’s getting harder and harder to believe that Ian Poulter almost lost his Tour card less than 90 days ago. Since the scare, Poulter has been nothing but solid and has turned in some pretty solid performances in recent weeks. failing to finish worse than T-35 since the end of April. For those paying attention and willing to take a little risk, Poulter certainly paid off last week.
Graham DeLaet — Still looking for that illusive first career win on Tour, Graham DeLaet looked like he was going to have a real shot at making that happen last week at his national championship. The talented Canadian fired back-to-back 68’s to open the week, but stumbled on the weekend, mustering only rounds of 73-71. For many, DeLaet’s disappointment was also theirs — after all, he was a very popular fantasy play in nearly all formats.
Matt Kuchar — On the heels of his disappointing loss at the Open Championship, Matt Kuchar was one of the most popular fantasy choices last week. Unfortunately for those making him priority No. 1, there was a bit of a hangover for Kuch who had a very ho-hum week that saw him shoot two rounds in the 70’s and two in the 60’s. While it wasn’t terrible, it was only good enough for a T-32 showing.
Adam Hadwin — At the beginning of the year, few players were more impressive than Canadian Adam Hadwin. Coming into his national tournament, however, he had cooled significantly. Still, with national pride on the line, many expected him to put on a show in front of the home crowd. Call it nerves or poor form or bad luck or what you will, but, unfortunately for Hadwin, it just wasn’t in the cards. Despite a Friday 69, Hadwin missed the cut on the heels of a first round 75.
The Rest of the Canadians — While we all know that hockey is still the primary love and focus of Canada, but golf is still high on the priority list. That’s why this week was such a disappointment for Canadian golf. Not that there was anything wrong with the tournament — the RBC Canadian Open is one of the most anticipated events of the year for players — but the Canadian players collectively had a horrible week. In all, 15 Canadians missed the cut in their national championship. In all, just two native Canadians made the cut.