Canada beats World by one stroke at RBC Canada Cup

Team Canada – led by Mike Weir and backed up by Graham DeLaet and David Hearn – finished the 18th hole at 17-under par.

Team World – led by World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Watson and backed up by Andres Gonzalez and Colt Knost – sat at -15 at the end of the day.

“Team Canada came in from behind. You guys are lucky,” Watson said before the cup went to the red and white.

Watson was brought in to replace Fred Couples, who had to pull out of the exhibition match because of back problems.

“I wanted to help Fred out a little bit – he and I are friends,” he said about getting the call to lead Team World in the Canada Cup.

“It was easy. I had nothing better to do today.”

Before the match, Weir said he was thrilled to play with Watson.

“It’s always great to play with one of the legends of the game,” he said.

Fans like Will Smith didn’t mind having Watson there either.

Smith said he came out to see his “buddy” play; he doesn’t know the golfer personally, but says he “grew up with him.”

Smith is a member of Ashburn, and he said he was happy to see “it’s showing up quite well.”

The golfers agreed.

“I know you had a bit of a tough winter around here,” Hearn said. “But everything looked and felt good; the greens were rolling nice.”

Ashburn Golf Club general manager Gordie Smith was happy to hear those kinds of testimonials from the players this weekend.

“I’m proud of my staff and the work they’ve done,” he said at the end of the day Monday.

“The snow and ice didn’t even clear ’till the first week of May. We had a lot of dead turf and to bring it back in seven or eight weeks when the weather wasn’t even good in that seven or eight weeks is great.”

The RBC Canada Cup caps off five days of golf at Ashburn after the Tour’s Nova Scotia Open finished Sunday.