Mike Weir, sparked by an eagle 2 from 147 yards on No. 14, won the $2.5 million Air Canada Championship yesterday in Surrey, B.C., becoming the first Canadian to win a PGA Tour event on native soil in 45 years.
Overcoming a persistent drizzle, Weir recorded his first career victory, and earned the first-place purse of $450,000, closing with a 7-under-par 64 and 18-under 266 total at the suburban Vancouver Northview Golf and Country Club course.
Fred Funk, the third-round leader who began the day 13 under, made a hard charge with four birdies on the back nine, including a 30-footer on 17, but his 68 left him two strokes behind Weir.
Funk's last hope to force a playoff ended when his tee shot at the par-4 18th landed in the rough, forcing him to lay up in front of the pond guarding the green. The former University of Maryland golf coach eventually settled for a bogey.
Carlos Franco, a two-time winner in his rookie year, closed with a 69 and was third at 270.
Weir, a 29-year-old left-hander, was the first Canadian to win on tour since Richard Zokol won the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1992. Pat Fletcher is the last Canadian to win on native soil, doing so at the 1954 Canadian Open, which was held at Vancouver's Point Grey course.
"I think it'll hit me later on. I'm just in shock, actually," said Weir, who was 14 under over the final two rounds. "It was an unbelievable day."
Weir is the ninth first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and becomes the sixth left-hander to win, joining Phil Mickelson, Bob Charles, Ernie Gonzalez, Sam Adams and Russ Cochran.
* LPGA: Janice Moodie shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a two-stroke lead over four players after two rounds of the Rail Classic in Springfield, Ill.
First-round co-leaders Karen Stupples and Tina Barrett were in the tie for second at 10-under 134 along with Colombian rookie Marisa Baena, who entered the tournament as an alternate, and Mi Hyun Kim of South Korea.
* SENIOR PGA: Allen Doyle birdied four of the final seven holes for a 7-under-par 65 and a two-shot victory in the inaugural TD Waterhouse Senior PGA Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
Doyle, who made only one bogey over the 54 holes, finished with an 18-under 198 total for his fourth victory of the year. He finished two shots in front of second-round leader Ed Dougherty and three in front of Gil Morgan.
* EUROPIAN PGA: Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood of England fired a final-round 6-under 65 for a two-stroke triumph at the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.