Day gets redemption at Canadian Open
Aussie Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, including a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th, for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over American Bubba Watson.
The victory was timely for Day following a number of near misses particularly in the majors. The 27-year-old was in contention at the US Open and was coming off a 4th place finish a fortnight ago at The Open where he missed a 20 footer putt on the 18th that would have got him into the playoff.Jason Day celebrates after sinking his long putt on the 18th hole of the final round (Credit: Getty Images)
Day’s clutch putt on the 18th last Sunday, a similar distance to what he had at St Andrews, to win his fourth PGA Tour victory certainly was not going to be short and the Aussie made sure of it.
“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing,” said Day following his win.
“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today. Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole. Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line.”
“If I got it on the line, it was perfect. I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “
With the win Day heads to the PGA Championships, starting 13 August, full of confidence that he can collect his first major.
“To be able to close like that, it just gives me a lot more confidence going into the rest of the season,” said Day, a three time runner-up in the majors.
“This is why we practice so hard. We try and chase greatness. I’m going to try to do as much as I can and keep it the same and try and win. I’m looking forward to getting back to Whistling Straits and really trying to win my first major.”
Canadian David Hearn was in third position at 15-under, followed by Jim Furyk at 14-under with Tom Hodge and Stewart Clink rounding out the top-5.
Cameron Percy was the the next best Aussie in Canada, finishing in a tie for 18th at 10-under.
Amateur Ryan Ruffels took the challenge to play in his first PGA Tour event and after opening with an impressive 66, finished with rounds of 75-76. Ruffles heads to Chicago to play the Western Amateur starting 3 August on the back of some serious preparation having played on the European and PGA Tour.
Earlier, Robert Allenby withdrew from the tournament after splitting with his caddie in the middle of the first round. Allenby shot a nine-over 81 on Thursday and finished his round with the fan on his bag because Allenby and caddie Mick Middlemo had a disagreement over club selection.