OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Jhonattan Vegas birdied his way off Glen Abbey and waited to see if anyone could catch him. No one could.
Vegas rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and one-stroke victory.
The 29-year-old Venezuelan Olympic player began the day five strokes behind leader Brandt Snedeker and four behind U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and Canadian amateur Jared du Toit.
Vegas had five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6, bogeyed the par-4 eighth and also birdied the par-5 13th. He birdied the par-5 16th, par-4 17th and par-5 18th to post at 12-under 276.
Johnson, Jon Rahm and Martin Laird tied for second.
Vegas earned $1,062,000 and a spot in the PGA Championship next week at Baltusrol in New Jersey. He also received a two-year tour exemption and a spot in the Masters next year.
He also won the 2011 Bob Hope Classic. Last week in Alabama in the event opposite the British Open, Vegas tied for fourth after shooting a course-record 61 in the second round.
Johnson eagled the 16th and birdied the 18th for a 69. Laird finished with two pars in a 67. Rahm, du Toit’s former Arizona State teammate, birdied 16 and 18 in a 67. The Spaniard missed a 10-foot eagle putt on 18. Snedeker shot a 71 to tie for fifth at 10 under.
Du Toit tied for ninth at 9 under after a 71. The Arizona State senior from Kimberley, British Columbia, was trying to become the first Canadian winner since Pat Fletcher, born in England, in 1954.
UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN
GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Cristie Kerr held on for a 3-and-2 victory over England’s Melissa Reid to give the United States the UL International Crown title.
Kerr and company were shut out in the first session of the LPGA Tour event, but they got progressively better each day. Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller each closed out wins before Reid missed a birdie putt on 16, handing the decisive victory to Kerr.
Lewis and Piller ran to the green for a group hug with Kerr when it was over. Kerr’s caddie, Brady Stockton, grabbed the flag at 16 to save it for his player.
Lexi Thompson lost 2 and 1 to South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu, and then joined the celebration at a muggy Merit Club about 40 miles northwest of Chicago. The Americans won a silver trophy, and each of the players took home a crown and $100,000 apiece.
Kerr and Thompson teamed for wins on Friday and Saturday, and the momentum carried over into singles. Piller beat Taiwan’s Yani Tseng 4 and 3, and Lewis topped Japan’s Mika Miyazato 3 and 2.
South Korea, which was the top seed coming into the event, finished second with 12 points, one back of the United States. Taiwan and England tied for third with 11, and Japan finished fifth with eight points.
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Paul Broadhurst won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie for his first senior major title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Scott McCarron.
The 50-year-old Broadhurst overcame an opening 75 to become the third English player to win a PGA Tour Champions major, joining Mark James and Roger Chapman. Broadhurst also is the first player to win the event in his debut since Fred Couples in 2012 at Turnberry.
Broadhurst shot a 66 on Friday and a 68 on Saturday to enter the final round four strokes behind leader Miguel Angel Jimenez. The winner birdied the sixth, 10th, 13th and 15th in his bogey-free round in mostly cloudy conditions with 8-16 mph wind and occasional drizzle. He finished at 11-under 277.
McCarron bogeyed the par-3 16th and par-4 18th in his 69. Jimenez had a 75 to drop into a tie for third with Magnus Atlevi (67) at 8 under.
Broadhurst earned $279,144, a full PGA Tour Champions exemption through the 2017 season, a spot in the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale and a five-year exemption into the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hawaii. The 1991 Ryder Cup player won six times on the European Tour and also took the European Senior Tour’s Scottish Senior Open.
LEHI, Utah (AP) — Nicholas Lindheim won the Utah Championship for his first Web.com Tour title and a likely spot next season on the PGA Tour.
The 31-year-old Californian closed with a 3-under 69 at Thanksgiving Point to finish at 15-under 269 and beat playing partner J.J. Spaun by two strokes. Lindheim earned $117,000 to jump from 83rd to 14th on the money list with $153,694, with the top 25 at the end of the regular season earning PGA Tour cards.
A self-taught player who took up golf at 19, Lindheim also has two PGA Tour Latinoamerica victories.
Spaun had a 70. He earned $70,200 to jump from 15th to sixth on the money list with $213,820.
Xander Schauffele was third at 12 under after a 65.
AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Mark Mulder rallied at Edgewood Tahoe to successfully defend his title in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.
The former pitcher birdied seven of his first 13 holes and finished with a 29-point round for a five-point victory over former tennis player Mardy Fish in the modified Stableford event. Players received six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, zero for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
Mulder finished with 74 points and earned $125,000.
Second-round leader Fish had a 19-point day, missing a 12-foot eagle putt in 18.
Actor Jack Wagner was third at 67, followed by former hockey players Jeremy Roenick (66) and Mike Modano (65). Entertainer Justin Timberlake was 21st with 35 points, and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry tied for 27th with 28 points. Charles Barkley was last among the 82 finishers with minus-100 points — 30 points behind 81st-place Larry the Cable Guy.
FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL CHAMPIONSHIP
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Belgium’s Laura Gonzalez Escallon won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship for her first Symetra Tour title when rain washed out at the final round.
Play began on time Sunday at 7:30 a.m., but was halted at 9:25 a.m. Rain and lightning continued through the early afternoon and play didn’t resume.
The 25-year-old Gonzalez matched the Symetra Tour’s 36-hole scoring record of 15-under 129 at Battle Creek Country Club, shooting a 65 on Friday and a course-record 64 on Saturday to open a six-stroke lead over Ally McDonald. Gonzalez Escallon earned $15,000 and a spot in The Evian Championship in September.
Gonzalez Escallon jumped from 38th to 16th on the money list with $31,053. The top 10 at the end of the season will earn LPGA Tour cards.
McDonald also earned a spot in The Evian. She birdied her final hole Saturday for a 66.