Canada has been good to Jhonattan Vegas.
A year ago, Vegas entered the RBC Canadian Open with limited PGA Tour status and left with the trophy and a two-year exemption. Last week, the 32-year-old Venezuelan successfully defended his crown, defeating Charley Hoffman in a playoff at Glen Abbey Golf Club after missing the cut in eight of his 10 previous starts.
With his victory, Vegas bolstered his prospects of making the International team for September’s Presidents Cup at New Jersey’s Liberty National Golf Club. Should he do so, you’d excuse Vegas for humming (ital)O Canada(end ital) at the opening ceremony.
In Scotland, where the world’s best women warmed up for this week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, Mi Hyang Lee won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, shooting 68-66 on the weekend in weather better suited to indoor pursuits. With a last-hole birdie at Dundonald Links, the 24-year-old Korean edged compatriot M.J. Hur and Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, whose bid for a 42nd LPGA victory at age 42 met its end in a fairway bunker on the 71st hole.
Down in Wales, golf’s elder set wrestled similarly wretched conditions at the Senior Open Championship before the year’s fifth and final senior major ended with a familiar refrain. Yes, Bernhard Langer won at Royal Porthcawl, notching his third senior major title of the season and 10th overall. Though cynics might consider Langer’s dominance of senior golf tedious, his sustained excellence as he approaches his 60th birthday makes him one of the game’s wonders.
And in Langer’s native Germany, English rookie Jordan Smith won his first European Tour title, the Porsche European Open, outlasting defending champion Alexander Levy in a playoff.