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Pettersson is strong to the finish

He wins Canadian with a late rally

Associated Press / July 26, 2010

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Carl Pettersson rallied to win the Canadian Open yesterday for his fourth PGA Tour victory, closing with a 3-under-par 67 for a one-stroke victory over Dean Wilson in Toronto.

Pettersson, who set a tournament record with a 10-under 60 in the third round, finished at 14-under 266 at hilly, tree-lined St. George’s.

“I still can’t believe I won the tournament,’’ Pettersson said two days after making the cut by a stroke after opening rounds of 71 and 68. “I know it’s difficult to shoot another low one after a round like [Saturday], so I was just trying to downplay it. I just tried to stay calm and [said], ‘Whatever happens today, happens.’ ’’

The 40-year-old Wilson, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, shot a 72 after opening with three straight 65s to take a four-stroke lead into the final day.

“If you would have told me before the week that I could be second alone, I would have been tickled,’’ Wilson said.

“Being in the position that I was, I’m a little disappointed. But still, lots of positives.’’

Six strokes behind Wilson after seven holes and four back with seven to play, Pettersson made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th to pull within one, then took the lead with a 25-footer from the fringe on the 480-yard, par-4 14th.

Wilson bogeyed 14, hitting into the thick rough to the right of the green, chipping through the putting surface to the opposite fringe and missing a 15-foot par try.

Pettersson, the 32-year-old former North Carolina State player from Sweden, pulled away on the par-5 15th with his third straight birdie and fourth in five holes, hitting a wedge to 4 1/2 feet. Wilson’s approach trickled into the back fringe and his birdie try came up 2 1/2 feet short.

Pettersson parred 16 and 17 and bogeyed the 18th, missing a 5-foot par putt after Wilson putted out for his fourth straight par.

Pettersson bogeyed the par-4 seventh to fall six strokes behind Wilson, then birdied Nos. 8 and 9 to cut the margin to four before seizing control.

He earned $918,000 for his first victory since the 2008 Wyndham Championship. He also won the 2005 Chrysler Championship and 2006 Memorial.

Luke Donald (66) was third at 12 under.

LPGA — Jiyai Shin birdied the 18th hole to win the Evian Masters, shooting a 5-under 67 to finish at 14 under and one stroke ahead of Morgan Pressel, Na Yeon Choi, and 15-year-old Alexis Thompson at Evian-Les-Bains, France.

Shin’s fifth birdie in the final round put her one stroke clear of overnight leader Pressel, whose putt to force a playoff then rolled agonizingly over the hole without dropping in.

“On the final holes I realized I really could win. I became nervous and I put pressure on myself,’’ Shin said. “I did not manage a birdie on the 18th all week and I started to pray that I would do it today. I hit the last putt well and it went in.’’

Shin, 22, became the first South Korean to win the Evian Masters and earned $487,500 for the effort. She has seven LPGA Tour victories in two years.

Pressel (70), who started the final round two strokes clear, walked over and hugged Shin after missing her putt.

Suzann Pettersen of Norway (66) was fifth at 12 under. Defending champion Ai Miyazato (68) finished tied for 19th at 5 under. Americans Michelle Wie (71) and Cristie Kerr (72) were tied for 31st at 2 under.

Champions — Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland.

The German shot a 1-over 72 to finish at 5-under 279. Pavin ended with a 1-under 70.

“I have always wanted to win the British Open,’’ Langer said. “I didn’t. Now this is the next best thing.’’

Pavin, the American Ryder Cup captain, trailed by three shots at the start of the fourth round but cut the gap to two when he birdied his second hole of the day.

Langer survived three-putting both the 8th and 9th greens. After making birdie at 15, he parred his way to his 11th Champions win in three years.

Nationwide — D.J. Brigman fired a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke victory in the Children’s Hospital Invitational at Columbus, Ohio.

Brigman finished at 10-under 274, a shot better than Jamie Lovemark (66).

Futures — Tour rookie Jenny Shin sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole to break a tie with Tiffany Joh and win The Invitational at Concord, N.H.

Shin, 17, shot a final-round 3-under 69 at Beaver Meadow Golf Course and finished the tournament at 11-under 205, one stroke better than Joh (65-206).

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