Monday, July 27
Oh Happy Day in Canada
THIS TIME, THE PUTT GOT to the hole and dropped in.
Australian good guy Jason Day won a shootout at the RBC Canadian Open by sinking a 22-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Canadian David Hearn and American Bubba Watson by a shot. Day's fourth PGA Tour win was like salve after a close call at the Open Championship a week ago.
"It was disappointing," Day said about barely missing a playoff at St. Andrews.
"Even though I knew that I played great, I knew that I had to focus on this week. So when I actually had the same putt ... the same thing was going through my mind: 'Make sure you get it to the hole.'"
And he did, for his third consecutive birdie that gave him a 68 and 17-under total at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario.
Day's triumph was Hearn's disappointment, the home-country favorite who began the round with a two-shot lead and shot a ho-hum 72.
"I got off to a great start," Hearn said, "and in the middle of the round I just struggled a bit with hitting the quality shots I had been hitting all week."
Sad fact: The last time a Canadian won the Canadian Open was 1954. Maybe an Australian victory is the next best thing.