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Day Rallies for One-Stroke Victory at Canadian Open
After finishing fourth in last week's Open Championship at St. Andrews and overcoming vertigo in June's U.S. Open to end up tied for ninth, Jason Day returned to the winner's circle on Sunday in Canada.
The 27-year-old Aussie closed with birdies on the final three holes for a 4-under 68 to end up at 17-under 271 to win the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.
On the front nine Day had three birdies through seven holes before bogeying the last two holes to make the turn in 1-under 34. But his heroics at the end - including a clutch 20-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th - were enough to overcome Bubba Watson, who shot a 69 and finished at 272, and 54-hole leader David Hearn.
Hearn, a native of Branford, Ontario, seeking to become the first Canadian to win his nation's national golf championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954, began Sunday with a two-stroke edge over the field.
But after two birdies and a pair of bogeys on the front nine, the 36-year-old could only manage a birdie and a bogey on the home half for a 272 and a solo-third-place finish at 273.
One stroke further back was Jim Furyk (69) while tied for fifth at 275 were Americans Tom Hoge and Stewart Cink, who both fired 6-under 66s.
Rounding out the top-10 at 276 were Canada's Adam Hadwin (68) and Americans Austin Cook (69), Matt Kuchar (69) and Charley Hoffman (70).
Defending champion Tim Clark of South Africa shot 72 and 74 over the weekend to tie for 63rd at 285.
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