Jhonattan Vegas felt familiar 'chills' in lead-up to 2nd Canadian Open win

Jhonattan Vegas became the first golfer since Jim Furyk to win back-to-back Canadian Open titles Sunday, finishing with a round of 65.

Following his playoff victory over Charley Hoffman, Vegas opened up about how it felt to be back at the same course he won on just one year ago.

“It’s been a special day, I knew that I had to shoot a good round today to have a chance to win again,” Vegas told the media. “I came out with an aggressive mentality, feeling really good about my game.

“Especially the putt for birdie on seven, I started feeling the same chills that I felt last year when I won, and I just knew that something good could happen if I kept going.”

Entering play on Thursday, Vegas had missed the cut in five straight tournaments – a stress that was alleviated by the strong support from the Canadian fans who witnessed his victory a year previous.

“Being the defending champion was something really positive, the fans really supported me the whole week, the positive energy fed me to play good golf,” said Vegas. “It was a special week, a fun week to turn things around.”

With the victory, Vegas improves his PGA playoff record to 2-0, as he beat Bill Haas at the 2011 Bob Hope Classic in a playoff.

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