Vegas wins Canadian Open, DJ eyes No. 1 in rankings

PGA TOURJohnny Vegas’ victory at the RBC Canadian Open moved the 31-year-old from 203rd to 86th in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Vegas (12-under overall) shot 8-under-64 in the final round at Glen Abbey and then held on as contenders fell apart down the stretch. Dustin Johnson, Martin Laird, Ricky Barnes and Steve Wheatcroft all had chances late before faltering.

Vegas claimed his second career PGA Tour victory. He won at PGA West in 2011.

The Top 5┬áin the rankings remained unchanged led by Jason Day, DJ, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlory and Henrik Stenson. For DJ, he finished T-2 in Canada and heads into this week’s 98th PGA Championship with a shot to become the World No. 1.

Jon Rahm, who just turned pro a few weeks back, continues to jump in the rankings. Rahm finished T-2 in Canada a shot back of a playoff. After ending 2015 at 585th in the world rankings, he is now 142nd.

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  • The best players in women’s golf return to action this week at the RICOH Women’s British Open. Woburn Golf and Country Club in England hosts the championship. Inbee Park is the defending champion. Rolex No. 1 Lydia Ko is the betting favorite at 10-to-3 odds.
  • Johnson is a slight betting favorite at to win the PGA Championship — which would be his second major this year and move him to World No. 1. Johnson is a 8-1 pick just ahead of Rory and Day (both 9-1).