Vegas beats Hoffman in playoff to defend RBC title

By Will GrayJuly 30, 2017, 10:24 pm

For the second straight year, Jhonattan Vegas mounted a final-round comeback to capture the title at the RBC Canadian Open. Here's how things ended up this time around at Glen Abbey, where Vegas had to go an extra hole to edge Charley Hoffman:

Leaderboard: Jhonattan Vegas (-21, won on first extra hole), Charley Hoffman (-21), Ian Poulter (-20), Gary Woodland (-19)

What it means: Vegas began Sunday three shots behind Hoffman, but he raced up the standings with six birdies over his first 11 holes. He appeared in position to win in regulation until he was unable to birdie the par-5 18th despite having a wedge in for his second shot. That opened the door for Hoffman, who birdied 16 and 18 to force a playoff, but Vegas retained the trophy with a tap-in birdie on the first extra hole.

Round of the day: Poulter made his tournament debut this week, but there's reason to think he'll return to Glen Abbey after closing with an 8-under 64 to take third-place honors. Poulter was bogey-free and closed with four birdies over his final seven holes, including a 47-foot bomb on No. 12. It's his second close call of the season after his runner-up at The Players Championship which secured his card for next season.

Best of the rest: Vegas needed a final-round 64 to win last year, but this time a closing 65 was good enough to force a playoff. Vegas made the turn in 5-under 30, including three birdies in a row on Nos. 5-7, and added three more birdies on the back nine while dropping only a single shot. He then clinched the trophy with a birdie on his 19th hole of the day.

Biggest disappointment: Hoffman started the day with a one-shot lead, and he appeared on cruise control after opening with a pair of birdies. But while others piled up birdies, Hoffman stalled out while playing Nos. 3-15 in even par. A pair of closing birdies gave him a shot at passing Vegas, but it turned into another near-miss for a player who also blew a final-round lead at Bay Hill earlier this season.

Shot of the day: With Hoffman already in trouble, Vegas hit a deft pitch from behind the 18th green that rolled up to within a few inches of the hole. It gave him a stress-free birdie, and the subsequent tap-in meant he'll return to Glen Abbey as defending champ once again in 2018.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

Getty Images pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: