Day triumphs at RBC Canadian Open

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World number nine Jason Day carded a four-under par 68 to win the RBC Canadian Open by one stroke on Sunday.

World number three Bubba Watson finished in second following his round of three-under par 69, while overnight leader David Hearn squandered a two-shot lead to finish third.

Day began his round with three birdies in the first seven holes, but faltered towards the end of the front nine, missing a nine-foot par putt for a bogey at the par-four eighth, which he followed up with another drop shot at the par-four ninth after failing to sink a 14 foot putt for par.

After recording six successive pars on the back nine, Day bounced back by birdieing the final three holes, which included a 21 foot birdie putt at the 18th, to win his fourth PGA Tour title.

Watson’s victory charge was stymied by four bogeys on the front nine, three of which came in a row from the second to the fifth hole.

The two-time Masters winner began his back nine with yet another bogey, but he rallied back in superb fashion as he made five birdies on the last six holes to finish one stroke behind Day in second place.

Hearn was unable to become the first Canadian to win the event since Pat Fletcher in 1954 after he let his two-shot lead slip despite starting his final round of 72 with consecutive birdies.

However, that was to be Hearn’s only piece of success on the front nine as he recorded a bogeys at the third and seventh after missing makeable par putts.

Hearn slumped to a third bogey at the 12th before converting an 18 foot birdie putt at the 13th. The 36-year-old couldn’t spark a late surge and ended with five consecutive pars to finish two strokes behind Day in third place.

Jim Furyk made four birdies and a bogey during his round of three-under par 69 to occupy fourth place, while Tom Hoge and Stewart Cink were in a tie for fifth after hitting final-round 66’s.

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