Poulter continues resurgence as Vegas defends Canadian Open title

Ian Poulter takes solo third in Canada as Jhonattan Vegas ousts Charley Hoffman at first extra hole.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2017
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Ian Poulter's game finally appears to have turned a corner this summer as the Englishman continued his resurgence with a fast finish to bag a solo third at the Canadian Open.

Poulter, 41, fired a best-of-the-day 8-under 64 to vault up the leaderboard to 20-under, agonisingly one stroke short of the playoff between eventual winner Jhonattan Vegas and Charley Hoffman. 

In the past three tournaments, Poulter has finished tied ninth (Scottish Open), tied 14th (Open) and now third (Canadian Open), and he also finished tied second at The Players back in May. 

"Close but no cigar," tweeted Poulter after his round. 

"It's fun being on the board again. It's a funny old game."

Vegas, who missed the cut in his previous five starts, successfully defended his Canadian Open title at Glen Abbey with a birdie at the first extra hole.

After both players found opposing bunkers off the tee, it was the Venezuelan that took out an 8-iron and just narrowly clipped his ball over the bunker's edge to find the back of the green at the par-5. 

It left a simple chip down the green for a birdie-four, to which Hoffman could not answer after finding the back bunker with his third shot. 

The victory marked Vegas' hat-trick of PGA Tour titles following the Bob Hope Classic in 2011 and last year's Canadian Open.

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