Golf: Australia's Jason Day wins Canadian Open

Jason Day posing with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after his Canadian Open victory.
Jason Day posing with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after his Canadian Open victory.PHOTO: AFP

OAKVILLE, Ontario (REUTERS) - Jason Day spoiled Canadian hopes of a first home-grown winner in 61 years at the Canadian Open with a one-stroke victory on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Australian birdied the last three holes at Glen Abbey to triumph by one over American Bubba Watson and by two over Canadian David Hearn, the 54-hole leader.

Day rolled in a 12-foot putt for birdie on the par-four 17th to take the lead from Hearn at 16-under.

He then sealed the win in emphatic style by draining a 21-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole for a closing four-under 68 and a winning total of 17-under 271.

It was his second PGA Tour win of the season, the fourth of his career and followed up a strong tie for fourth at last week's British Open.

He becomes the third Australian to win the event, joining Greg Norman (1984 and 1992) and Nathan Green (2009).

Two-time Masters champion Watson and crowd favourite Hearn, playing in the final pairing, shot 69 and 72, respectively.

Hearn held a one-stroke lead standing on the 16th tee but Day and Watson, who made birdie on five of his six closing holes, both charged past him with blazing finishes.

The 36-year-old Ontario-native just missed out becoming the first Canadian - since Pat Fletcher in 1954 - to win the national title in 61 years.

Watson had a chance to force a playoff on 18 but his eagle effort from just off the green on 18 missed left.