Clutch Finish Gets the Canadian Open Win for Jason Day

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Jason Day was not about to lose his chance at a victory with another missed birdie putt on the 72nd hole.  He emphatically celebrated as the putt hit the bottom of the cup at Glen Abbey.  A huge fist pump and some yelling ensued as the Aussie finished a run of 3 straight birdies to hold a 2-stroke lead.

“This course is really exciting,” he said. “Even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”(pgatour.com)

Talk about immediate redemption.  Day has a very similar putt on the 72nd hole last week at The Open Championship.  He left the putt that would have put him in the playoff (Zach Johnson won).  He was not going to miss two in a row like that.

“So when I actually had the same putt it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today. Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole. Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect. I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “(pgatour.com)

Day edged out Canadian, David Hearn and Bubba Watson to get the win.

Hearn, from the same hometown as Wayne Gretzky, held a two-stroke lead over Day and Watson heading into the final round.  He was trying to become the first Canadian to win the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher in 1961 at Point Grey in Vancouver.

“I gave it my all. I didn’t quite have my best game,” said Hearn. (AP)

Bubba Watson looked to be the man on a charge that could catch Jason Day.  He made birdies on the final four holes to finish one stroke behind Day.

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there,” he said. “I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18. I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”(AP)

The win is Jason Day’s 4th career PGA Tour victory.  He moves to 4th place in the FedEx Cup Standings ahead of Dustin Johnson and just behind Jimmy Walker.

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Author: Brian Stefan

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