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The final leaderboard for the 2016 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, Canada is in. Jhonattan Vegas birdied the last three holes to get in the clubhouse at 12 under, good enough for a one stroke win over runners-up Jon Rahm, Martin Laird and Dustin Johnson. Many players behind him had a chance to tie or overtake him, but all failed to do so. Below is the truncated top-10 leaderboard:
(1) Jhonattan Vegas (-12)
(T2) Jon Rahm (-11)
(T2) Martin Laird (-11)
(T2) Dustin Johnson (-11)
(T5) Ricky Barnes (-10)
(T5) Alex Cejka (-10)
(T5) Steve Wheatcroft (-10)
(T5) Brandt Snedeker (-10)
(T9) Geoff Ogilvy (-9)
(T9) Ben Crane (-9)
(T9) Matt Kuchar (-9)
(T9) Jared du Toit (a) (-9)
As a Canadian, I hold this tournament in pretty high regard, not to mention the fact that Glen Abbey happens to be very close to my hometown. Here are some statistics on the champion and other notables near the top of the leaderboard:
Winner: Jhonattan Vegas (-12) – This is Vegas’ second PGA Tour win and first since the 2011 Bob Hope Classic, which was his second ever members start on the Tour. Tied for his previous best finish of the 15-16 season was a T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship (two other top 10s at the Frys.com Open and Zurich Classic). He has missed several cuts this season but finished T4 last week at the Barbasol, where he shot a round of 60 and led by six shots going into the weekend. Previous finishes at the Canadian Open for Vegas include a T48 last year in 2015, MC in 2014 and T28 in 2012. Vegas said in his post round interview that the key to his great form is the belief that he can go out and shoot low numbers.
Final round: 9 birdies (including 5 in a row on the front and 3 closing) and 1 bogey for an 8-under 64. Vegas said in his post round interview that he thinks the key to his great form is the belief that he can go out and shoot low numbers; he has certainly done that. Scores in regulation: 73, 69, 70, 64 (276).
— Jhonattan Vegas (@JhonattanVegas) July 25, 2016
Jon Rahm (-11) – 21-year-old Rahm only turned professional last month after the U.S. Open. He kicked off his pro career with a T3 finish at the Quicken Loans National; his T2 finish the week comes off the heels of a pair of unremarkable finishes at the Barracuda and Open Championship. All things considered, he has preformed amazingly well on the big stage. This kid shows a ton of promise, and could well be winning his first tournament on Tour very soon.
Although he has yet to win on the PGA Tour as a freshly-turned pro, Rahm has numerous amateur titles under his belt. Some notable finishes for Rahm in the 2015-2016 season aside from this week include a T3 at the Quicken Loans, T23 at the U.S. Open and T10 at the OHL Classic in November.
Final round: 5 birdies and no bogeys for a 5-under 67. Scores in regulation: 67, 71, 72, 67 (277).