As defending champion Jason Day wrapped up his final round at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open with a five-under 67 on Sunday, five players were tied for top spot with 21 within three of the lead.
His wasn’t the only low score of the day if you consider Geoff Ogilvy’s 63, which had already been posted when Day finished.
It was a kinder, gentler Glen Abbey than the previous three days when it bared its teeth in heat, with unpredictable winds.
“I think it’s obviously a different wind. It’s an easterly, but the wind is down and the greens are terrific … they have actually done a fantastic job with keeping the greens receptive enough and actually on a pretty smooth surface,” said Day, who tied for 14th at seven under.
“So, I think the guys will take some opportunities out there. You can take them because, coming home, there’s a lot of key holes. There should be some fireworks coming home,” he said.
Jhonattan Vegas had been setting off fireworks all day before posting a 64 with just one bogey to, momentarily it would seem, take the lead at 12 under.
“It’s going to be close. I think it has a chance,” he said of his score at that point.
Then, Steve Wheatcroft joined him at 12 under with a birdie at the par three 15th, but fell right back with a bogey on 17.
Up ahead, Jon Rahm had an eagle putt burn the edge of the hole on 18 that would have pulled him even with Vegas.
Martin Laird just missed a birdie putt on 18 that would have brought him into the lead, but it was not to be.
Wheatcroft attempted an up and down from a greenside bunker on 18 and put it in the water to dampen his chance of pulling even.
Dustin Johnson couldn’t pull off the eagle he needed, neither could third round leader Brandt Snedeker.
Playoff avoided. All of this attrition left Vegas the 2016 RBC Canadian Open champion.
Vegas lit the fuse on the day’s fireworks by reeling off five consecutive birdies on the front nine and finished off with three straight.
“I knew I had to get off to a fast start. I knew that I was in striking, but I had to get myself close to the lead early, so the guys kind of knew I was there,” said Vegas.
“So, I just kept pushing and kept firing at pins and kept really going right after it. I got a really good momentum and obviously, I was able to close it out with some birdies,” he added.
Rahm, Laird and Johnson tied for second at 11 under, with Ricky Barnes, Alex Cejka, Steve Wheatcroft and Snedeker another shot back in a tie for fifth.
Canadian amateur Jared du Toit, who caught the nation’s attention by playing in Sunday’s final group with Snedeker, shot a one-under 71 to tie for ninth with Ogilvy, Ben Crane and Matt Kuchar.
The final leaderboard is here.