MARKHAM, Ontario (AP) — Jim Furyk successfully defended his Canadian Open title Sunday, taking the lead with a hole-in-one on the 209-yard fourth hole and finishing with a 7-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Vijay Singh.
The winner last year at traditional Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Furyk had a 16-under 268 total on Angus Glen’s links-style North Course. He earned $900,000 for his 13th PGA Tour victory and first since last September in Ancaster.
Three strokes behind Singh after the third round, Furyk birdied two of the first three holes — holing a 35-foot putt on the par-5 first and a 9-footer on the par-4 third — before moving ahead at 13 under with his third career ace.
Furyk used a 5-iron to attack the back-right pin position on No. 4, a hole he birdied the first three days. His ball landed in the fringe just over a large bunker and rolled about 30 feet straight into the hole.
While Furyk feasted on the long par 3, Singh had three bogeys and a par on the hole, eight strokes more than Furyk. On Sunday, Singh’s tee shot went 25 yards right and he dropped a shot after taking two more strokes to reach the putting surface.
Singh, the 2004 winner at Glen Abbey in a playoff with Canadian star Mike Weir, shot a 68. Ryan Palmer and George McNeill closed with 66s to tie for third at 13 under, and Bob Heintz (67) and Hunter Mahan (67) followed at 12 under.
Furyk took a two-stroke lead to the par-4 18th, but made it interesting by three-putting for a bogey. He missed a 5 1/2-footer for par, giving Singh — playing two groups behind — a chance to force a playoff with a birdie.
With Furyk nervously sitting on the stairs behind the green, Singh hit his 165-yard approach shot about 20 feet over the pin. To Furyk’s relief, Singh’s bold putt ran 5 feet past the pin.
Furyk followed the hole-in-one with five straight pars, then holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th to reach 14 under and take a two-stroke lead over Mahan and Palmer. The 2003 U.S. Open champion moved three shots ahead on the par-5 11th, two-putting from 30 feet for an easy birdie.
After Mahan birdied the 11th to pull within two strokes, Furyk — after stepping away three times to further examine his line — rolled in a delicate 8-footer on the par-4 12th for his third straight birdie and a three-shot lead.
Singh and Mahan cut Furyk’s lead to two, but he pulled three ahead again with an up-and-down birdie on the par-5 15th. Furyk also scrambled for key par saves on Nos. 8 and 14 — both par 3s — and the par-4 16th after missing the greens in regulation.