Jhonattan Vegas gunning for third RBC Canadian Open title

Last Updated July 25 2018, 15:21Golf

Jhonattan Vegas admits it would be "extremely cool" to claim a hat-trick of RBC Canadian Open titles after a chaotic Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Vegas arrived in Glasgow at 6.35am last Thursday, barely four hours before his tee time, after an arduous journey from the United States that was put back several times because of problems acquiring a new visa.

And if that was not bad enough after a 14-hour trip from Houston via Toronto, the 33-year-old Venezuelan discovered his clubs were lost in transit.

His caddie, already at the course, pieced together a composite set as Vegas flew on by helicopter but the travelling evidently took its toll as he carded rounds of 76 and 74 to miss the halfway cut.

The last player to win the same PGA Tour event three years in succession was Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic (2009-2011), but such a hat-trick has never been achieved before in the Canadian Open.

"That would be something extremely cool to do," Vegas told a pre-tournament press conference. "Obviously nobody has even done it which means that it's not going to be an easy task to achieve at the end of the week, but it's a place that I feel super comfortable.

"I think I'm really lucky that I've been able to play on the same course for the past three years which makes it a little easier instead of playing different courses every year. That being said I'm going to try my best like I do every year.

"The course is playing a little softer than in previous years so it means that a lot of birdies are going to have to be made but it's always super cool coming back and defending a title so we'll do our best."

Vegas has missed the cut in his last two starts and is currently ranked 123rd in the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour, with the top 125 qualifying for the first play-off event at the end of August.

But the world number 85 had missed five straight cuts before his victory at Glen Abbey Golf Club last year and is optimistic he can quickly rediscover his best form.

"The past two years I've come into this week not having a great season and have been able to turn things around," he added. "I don't want to put extra pressure on myself but I want to give myself a better chance to make the Tour Championship, which for me is the best thing you can do at the end of the year."

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