It’s His Day – Aussie Jason Day Wins RBC Canadian Open

Jason Day wins the 2015 RBC Canadian Open (Photo: Grant Fraser, special to Flagstick.com)
Jason Day wins the 2015 RBC Canadian Open (Photo: Grant Fraser, special to Flagstick.com)
Jason Day wins the 2015 RBC Canadian Open (Photo: Grant Fraser, special to Flagstick.com)

It was the perfect ending to the 2015 RBC Canadian Open…almost.

The fairy tale story of a Canadian recapturing the Canadian Open trophy after a 61 year-drought was not fully realized as David Hearn was surpassed in the final round by Bubba Watson and the new champion, Jason Day. Nevertheless the week seemed to be resounding success.

Strong crowds with the Glen Abbey venue back in play, a more “Canadian” feel to the event, a strong national narrative courtesy of Mr. Hearn, and a popular young rising star as champion all added up to a lot of smiles for Golf Canada officials.

No one was beaming more than Jason Day though.  Especially after completing a string of three dramatic birdies to finish the tournament, including a “raise the roof” moment on the final green when he sunk the tournament winning putt from just over 20 feet.

It capped off a six birdie day in Oakville for the 27 year-old and a final round 68 (-4) on his way to the winning total of 17-under par.

The converted putt and the win provided some comfort for Day after his play the week before when he missed a final green putt that would have pushed him into a playoff at The Open Championship.

“For this to be the third oldest tournament, and to come off what happened last week and be able to get the putt to the hole this time and come out as a winner, it just feels fantastic,” reflected Day on his RBC Canadian Open victory.

Although this was just his third appearance in Canada’s National Championship, Day was well received and that translated well with him.

“I’ve never felt so much at home, and I’m not even from Canada,” he added. “True golf fans, they understand what a good shot is and what a bad shot is. It was just amazing to play in front of the crowd that we had out there this week. Some of the nicest people you’ve ever met. It’s amazing.”

After 54 holes Day, along with Bubba Watson, had been trailing leader David Hearn by just a single stroke.

Hearn was the first Canadian to hold the 54-hole lead at the RBC Canadian Open since Mike Weir owned that position in 2004.

Unfortunately he felt short on Sunday, shooting just 72 (even) while the full roster of contenders were all going under par.  After Day’s final hole heroics Hearn needed a closing eagle to force a playoff.  It was not to be.  Even so he had a somewhat positive perspective on his 3rd place finish in his 13th attempt at the National Open.

“I played great golf. I gave myself a chance right until the very end, even though I didn’t quite have my best stuff today,” said Hearn. “The support and the way that the Canadian crowds were, it was truly incredible. I’ve never experienced anything like that before. It was pretty special.”

For his play Hearn was awarded the Rivermead Cup as Low Canadian. The Gary Cowan medal (s) for low amateur went to a pair of Team Canada National Amateur Squad members, Austin Connelly and Blair Hamilton.  Each finished play at 1-under par.

2015 RBC Canadian Open Final Leaderboard

Round
Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Total Strokes Purse
1 Jason Day 68 66 69 68 -4 -17 271 $1,044,000
2 Bubba Watson 68 67 68 69 -3 -16 272 $626,400
3 David Hearn 69 64 68 72 E -15 273 $394,400
4 Jim Furyk 68 69 68 69 -3 -14 274 $278,400
T5 Tom Hoge 70 70 69 66 -6 -13 275 $220,400
T5 Stewart Cink 68 73 68 66 -6 -13 275 $220,400
T7 Adam Hadwin 74 67 67 68 -4 -12 276 $174,725
T7 Austin Cook 68 70 69 69 -3 -12 276 $174,725
T7 Matt Kuchar 69 69 69 69 -3 -12 276 $174,725
T7 Charley Hoffman 71 66 69 70 -2 -12 276 $174,725
T11 Rory Sabbatini 72 69 69 67 -5 -11 277 $115,171
T11 Daniel Summerhays 73 69 68 67 -5 -11 277 $115,171
T11 James Hahn 71 68 69 69 -3 -11 277 $115,171
T11 Erik Compton 66 69 71 71 -1 -11 277 $115,171
T11 Ricky Barnes 68 70 68 71 -1 -11 277 $115,171
T11 Chad Campbell 67 63 75 72 E -11 277 $115,171
T11 Michael Putnam 71 65 68 73 +1 -11 277 $115,171
T18 Cameron Percy 72 67 69 70 -2 -10 278 $78,300
T18 Pat Perez 69 69 69 71 -1 -10 278 $78,300
T18 Johnson Wagner 67 66 72 73 +1 -10 278 $78,300
T18 Brooks Koepka 68 68 68 74 +2 -10 278 $78,300
T22 Tony Finau 71 70 73 65 -7 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Andres Gonzales 70 67 74 68 -4 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Brian Stuard 69 72 70 68 -4 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Jim Herman 67 75 69 68 -4 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Tim Wilkinson 72 70 69 68 -4 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Mark Wilson 70 68 72 69 -3 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Sam Saunders 70 69 71 69 -3 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Scott Langley 69 71 69 70 -2 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Jonas Blixt 69 69 69 72 E -9 279 $46,207
T22 Ollie Schniederjans 71 69 66 73 +1 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Emiliano Grillo 64 72 69 74 +2 -9 279 $46,207
T22 Camilo Villegas 69 69 67 74 +2 -9 279 $46,207
T34 William McGirt 67 69 75 69 -3 -8 280 $28,669
T34 Justin Leonard 72 66 73 69 -3 -8 280 $28,669
T34 Andres Romero 68 73 70 69 -3 -8 280 $28,669
T34 Nick Watney 73 66 70 71 -1 -8 280 $28,669
T34 Tyrone Van Aswegen 66 75 68 71 -1 -8 280 $28,669
T34 Brian Harman 65 67 76 72 E -8 280 $28,669
T34 Adam Svensson 69 73 67 71 -1 -8 280 $28,669
T41 Ryan Palmer 71 71 72 67 -5 -7 281 $20,300
T41 Chez Reavie 69 67 76 69 -3 -7 281 $20,300
T41 J.J. Spaun 67 72 73 69 -3 -7 281 $20,300
T41 Alex Cejka 72 70 70 69 -3 -7 281 $20,300
T41 Vaughn Taylor 65 71 74 71 -1 -7 281 $20,300
T41 J.J. Henry 72 67 71 71 -1 -7 281 $20,300
T41 Chad Collins 70 70 69 72 E -7 281 $20,300
T48 Scott Verplank 72 70 72 68 -4 -6 282 $14,283
T48 Colt Knost 68 69 75 70 -2 -6 282 $14,283
T48 Ben Crane 73 67 70 72 E -6 282 $14,283
T48 Jeff Overton 72 68 69 73 +1 -6 282 $14,283
T48 Jhonattan Vegas 71 70 68 73 +1 -6 282 $14,283
T48 Derek Fathauer 72 70 67 73 +1 -6 282 $14,283
T48 Roberto Castro 69 72 67 74 +2 -6 282 $14,283
T48 Alex Prugh 67 70 69 76 +4 -6 282 $14,283
T56 Nick Taylor 70 72 71 70 -2 -5 283 $13,166
T56 D.A. Points 69 72 71 71 -1 -5 283 $13,166
T58 Steve Wheatcroft 66 72 75 71 -1 -4 284 $12,760
T58 Andrew Svoboda 72 70 69 73 +1 -4 284 $12,760
T58 Eric Axley 67 68 75 74 +2 -4 284 $12,760
T58 Scott Pinckney 68 68 73 75 +3 -4 284 $12,760
T58 Brian Davis 69 73 67 75 +3 -4 284 $12,760
T63 Angel Cabrera 73 69 72 71 -1 -3 285 $12,064
T63 Andrew Putnam 69 71 73 72 E -3 285 $12,064
T63 Carlos Ortiz 71 69 72 73 +1 -3 285 $12,064
T63 Steve Stricker 69 72 71 73 +1 -3 285 $12,064
T63 Martin Flores 68 74 70 73 +1 -3 285 $12,064
T63 Tim Clark 72 67 72 74 +2 -3 285 $12,064
T63 Hunter Mahan 68 72 70 75 +3 -3 285 $12,064
T70 Tom Gillis 73 68 73 72 E -2 286 $11,542
T70 Zac Blair 69 70 71 76 +4 -2 286 $11,542
T72 Chesson Hadley 67 74 73 73 +1 -1 287 $11,310
T72 Hudson Swafford 71 68 69 79 +7 -1 287 $11,310
T74 Luke Donald 72 70 72 74 +2 E 288 $11,078
T74 Heath Slocum 68 74 70 76 +4 E 288 $11,078
T76 Retief Goosen 69 71 74 75 +3 +1 289 $10,788
T76 K.J. Choi 69 72 73 75 +3 +1 289 $10,788
T76 Brendon de Jonge 71 66 76 76 +4 +1 289 $10,788
T79 Austin Connelly 73 65 77 MDF 215
T79 Jon Curran 70 70 75 MDF 215 $10,382
T79 Lucas Glover 70 68 77 MDF 215 $10,382
T79 Blair Hamilton 71 68 76 MDF 215
T79 J.B. Holmes 69 70 76 MDF 215 $10,382
T79 Scott Piercy 70 72 73 MDF 215 $10,382
T85 Ryo Ishikawa 70 72 74 MDF 216 $10,034
T85 Seung-yul Noh 68 74 74 MDF 216 $10,034
T87 Steve Alker 71 69 77 MDF 217 $9,802
T87 Jonathan Randolph 71 70 76 MDF 217 $9,802
T87 Ryan Ruffels 66 75 76 MDF 217
90 Marcelo Rozo 76 66 76 MDF 218 $9,628
91 Blayne Barber 68 74 79 MDF 221 $9,512
T92 Derek Ernst 69 74 MC MC 143
T92 Matt Every 75 68 MC MC 143
T92 Neal Lancaster 68 75 MC MC 143
T92 Andrew Loupe 69 74 MC MC 143
T92 Davis Love III 70 73 MC MC 143
T92 John Merrick 74 69 MC MC 143
T92 Troy Merritt 72 71 MC MC 143
T92 Justin Shin 74 69 MC MC 143
T92 Roger Sloan 70 73 MC MC 143
T92 Byron Smith 71 72 MC MC 143
T92 Chris Stroud 75 68 MC MC 143
T103 Ken Duke 74 70 MC MC 144
T103 Ernie Els 71 73 MC MC 144
T103 Sean O’Hair 76 68 MC MC 144
T103 Kyle Reifers 70 74 MC MC 144
T103 Drew Weaver 74 70 MC MC 144
T108 Aaron Baddeley 73 72 MC MC 145
T108 Sang-Moon Bae 73 72 MC MC 145
T108 Robert Garrigus 67 78 MC MC 145
T108 Jason Gore 73 72 MC MC 145
T108 Max Homa 70 75 MC MC 145
T108 Mark Hubbard 74 71 MC MC 145
T108 Matt Jones 72 73 MC MC 145
T108 Vijay Singh 75 70 MC MC 145
T108 Zack Sucher 71 74 MC MC 145
T108 Josh Teater 73 72 MC MC 145
T108 Nicholas Thompson 73 72 MC MC 145
T119 Ryan Armour 72 74 MC MC 146
T119 Charlie Beljan 74 72 MC MC 146
T119 Oscar Fraustro 71 75 MC MC 146
T119 Brad Fritsch 75 71 MC MC 146
T119 Luke Guthrie 76 70 MC MC 146
T119 Morgan Hoffmann 73 73 MC MC 146
T119 Richard Jung 72 74 MC MC 146
T119 Sung Joon Park 71 75 MC MC 146
T127 Dudley Hart 74 73 MC MC 147
T127 Graeme McDowell 75 72 MC MC 147
T127 John Peterson 72 75 MC MC 147
T127 Carlos Sainz Jr. 74 73 MC MC 147
T131 Albin Choi 72 76 MC MC 148
T131 Taylor Pendrith 74 74 MC MC 148
T131 Patrick Rodgers 70 78 MC MC 148
T131 Richard Sterne 72 76 MC MC 148
T135 Kevin Chappell 75 74 MC MC 149
T135 Brice Garnett 76 73 MC MC 149
T135 John Huh 74 75 MC MC 149
T135 David Mathis 78 71 MC MC 149
T135 Len Mattiace 72 77 MC MC 149
T135 Michael Thompson 74 75 MC MC 149
T141 James Beale 75 75 MC MC 150
T141 Corey Conners 77 73 MC MC 150
T141 Billy Hurley III 80 70 MC MC 150
T141 Jerry Kelly 73 77 MC MC 150
T141 Martin Laird 70 80 MC MC 150
T141 John Rollins 74 76 MC MC 150
147 Spencer Levin 71 80 MC MC 151
T148 Fabian Gomez 76 76 MC MC 152
T148 Mark Hensby 74 78 MC MC 152
T148 Greg Owen 75 77 MC MC 152
T148 Garrett Rank 81 71 MC MC 152
T152 Whee Kim 77 76 MC MC 153
T152 Bill Q. Walsh 73 80 MC MC 153
154 Jim Renner 74 80 MC MC 154
155 Graham DeLaet 72 16 CUT CUT 88
156 Robert Allenby 81 WD WD WD 81