Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario, on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.
Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey.
“I’ve never felt so much at home, and I’m not even from Canada,” Day said. “I’m looking forward to coming back and defending the title here next year because I know that when I get here next year it’s going to be the same. It’s great to feel like a Canadian for a week.”
Day was coming off a fourth-place tie last Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vertigo symptoms last month to tie for ninth in the U.S. Open. He has four PGA Tour victories, also winning at Torrey Pines in February.
“This must feel like what Tiger [Woods] did for so many times, and it feels good,” Day said.
Watson birdied the final four holes for a 69.
Day birdied three of the first seven holes but dropped strokes on Nos. 8 and 9. Playing a group ahead of Watson and Hearn, Day parred the first six holes on the back nine, then birdied the par-5 16th and par-4 17th to take a one-stroke lead.
Hearn, two strokes ahead of Day and Watson entering the round, had a 72 to finish third at 15 under.
“It was one focused mind-set the whole day today to do something really special and win the tournament,” Hearn said. “It hasn’t been done in a long time, and I felt like I had the ability to do it today. I gave it my all. I didn’t quite have my best game.
“I’m real proud of the way I played, and I’m really proud to be Canadian today. It was a pretty special day with all of the fans and the support that I had from beginning to finish.”
Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner in 1954 at Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.
“It’s a matter of time,” fourth-place Jim Furyk said. “There are so many good Canadian players. I feel bad Mike Weir never won this golf tournament. But Graham DeLaet, David, there are a bunch of fine young players, so I’m sure it’s going to happen.”
Hearn was the first Canadian to have a 54-hole lead at the Canadian Open since Weir in 2004 at Glen Abbey. Weir led by three shots but lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh.
Lexi Thompson won the Meijer LPGA Classic in Belmont, Mich., by a stroke, shooting a 6-under 65 and rallying from four shots back Sunday.
“I was just trying to be patient,” Thompson said. “Really, the whole day I was just trying to play my own game.”
The 20-year-old Floridian won for the fifth time on the LPGA Tour. This is her first victory since she won her first major title last year at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
She finished at 18-under 266. Gerina Piller closed with a 64 and was one shot behind. Third-round leader Lizette Salas finished with a 70.
“I actually said when I was on 10 that my goal was to get to 20-under,” Thompson said. “I didn’t get it up to that, but I was just trying to focus on my own game … and having fun in between shots.”
Salas parred the first six holes. Thompson caught her with birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 7. Piller made five birdies on the front nine. A birdie at No. 8 briefly tied her for the lead with Thompson and Salas.