Jhonattan Vargas may be a native of Venezuela, but he sure likes playing golf in Canada.
Not only did the 32-year-old defend his title, he did it by winning a Playoff (how many times have I written that in covering the 2017 PGA Tour FedEx Cup season). Vargas became only the sixth golfer in PGA Tour history to win back-to-back Canadian Opens. The last man to do it was Jim Furyk in 2006.
Charlie Hoffman would once again be a bridesmaid at Glen Abbey, a role that is becoming frustratingly familiar for Hoffman in 2017. He has had this fate befall him numerous times, most recently at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
After having the lead after 54 holes on Saturday, Hoffman was lucky to even get into Playoff contention on Sunday. With Vargas skillfully navigating the Glen Abbey Course, the two competitors still remained tied after regulation. Hoffman had to feel extremely fortunate, especially after putts wouldn’t fall for him on the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes.
When Vargas successfully dropped a putt on the first Playoff hole, while Hoffman’s attempt drifted wide, that was the story of this tournament in microcosm.
Vargas had defended his title successfully. No doubt, he eagerly awaited his next opportunity to play golf in Canada.