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Jhonattan Vegas Claims 2nd PGA Win at RBC Canadian Open

Brandt Snedeker entered the final round of the RBC Canadian Open with a one shot lead over amateur Jared du Toit and Dustin Johnson. But both Snedeker and du Toit would under perform, and Johnson would finished tied for second at 11 under par for the tournament; Vegas 12 under.

Vegas, (turned pro in 2008) out of the University of Texas, knew very little to no English when he first arrived in the U.S. and moved to Texas in 2002. Jhonattan picked up the game of golf by playing with a broomstick and a rock when he was younger growing up in Venezuela. Eventually, he started playing a nine-hole course near his home that was originally built for oil-camp workers who wanted to play.

Vegas’s final round of 64 would pull him into the lead by way of 5 straight birdies on the front, and four non-consecutive birdies on the back.

That is what I would define as a rally. His resolve proved to be the x-factor throughout the entire weekend. Vegas would win with steady play the first three rounds, and then breaking into a sprint for the final 100 meters of the race. With the win, Vegas moves to 24th in the FedEx Cup standings.

The top six spots of the FedEx Cup standings have some familiar faces; Dustin Johnson (1), Jason Day (2), Adam Scott (3), Jordan Spieth (4), Brandt Snedeker (5), and Phil Mickelson (6)

Next weekend is the final Major of the season; The PGA Championship. This year the tournament will be held at Baltusrol GC, Springfield, NJ.

Last year’s champion: Jason Day.

Danny Simpson is a 4 year graduate from John Carroll University in Cleveland with a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts where he specialized in broadcast and theatre production. Graduated from Aurora High School, Danny has lived in North East Ohio all his life and love Cleveland Sports. Currently enrolled at The Ohio Center for Broadcasting in the Sports emphasis program, Danny hopes to make a name for himself somewhere for some professional or collegiate sports organization.

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