Day edges Watson, Hearn to win Canadian Open

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Jason Day birdied his last three holes to shoot a 4-under 68, edge Bubba Watson and David Hearn, and win the RBC Canadian Open. Here’s how things played out in the final round at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario.

Leaderboard: Day (-17), Watson (-16), Hearn (-15), Jim Furyk (-14), Stewart Cink (-13), Tom Hoge (-13)

What it means: This is the fourth victory of Day’s PGA Tour career and his second this year, following a playoff win at Torrey Pines back in February. He turned in 1 over par and made six straight pars to open the back nine before closing birdie-birdie-birdie on Nos. 16-18. Day is the third Australian to win the Canadian Open, joining Greg Norman (1984, 1992) and Nathan Green (2009). This is the first multi-win season of his PGA Tour career. He joins Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker in this season's group of multi-time victors. Currently ninth in the Official World Golf Ranking – and about to move up – Day has finished in the top 10 in seven of 14 starts on Tour this season.

Best of the rest: Watson made a late run after sputtering through his first 10 holes with five bogeys and three birdies. He finished just one shot back, with a 3-under 69, after playing his final six holes in 5 under par.

Biggest disappointment: David Hearn entered the final round with a two-shot lead and held a share of that lead with just two holes to play, but he couldn’t keep pace with Day. The Brantford, Ontario native made three birdies against three bogeys and made par on each of his last five holes to card an even-par 72 and settle for third place, two back. No Canadian has won his national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

Round of the day: Long-driving Tony Finau made nine birdies en route a 7-under 65 and a T-22 finish at 9 under for the championship. The PGA Tour rookie has finished inside the top 25 in eight of his last nine events.

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Quote of the day: “I got the ball to the hole this time.” – Day, who birdied the 72nd hole six days after leaving a final birdie try short at St. Andrews and finishing one shot out of a playoff.