Vijay Singh won another dramatic duel by beating Mike Weir yesterday in a playoff at the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario, and denying the fans a celebration they have wanted for 50 years.
Weir had three putts to become the first Canadian in 50 years to win his national title -- a 10-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole, a 25-footer for eagle on No. 18 in the playoff and a five-footer on No. 17 at the second playoff hole.
He missed them all, and finally ran out of luck.
Weir pulled his tee shot on No. 18, the third playoff hole, laid up and then hit his approach in the water. Some 25,000 fans let out a collective groan and gave begrudging applause when Singh three-putted from the fringe for par.
"I feel for Mike," Singh said. "That was the one person I didn't want to beat."
Singh closed with a 2-under-par 69 for his seventh victory of the year -- only Tiger Woods (twice), Jack Nicklaus (twice) and Johnny Miller have won that often since 1970.
More importantly for the 41-year-old Fijian, the $810,000 he won at Glen Abbey gives him just less than $8.7 million for the season, allowing him to close in on Woods's single-season record of $9.1 million.
Despite having a sore left knee all week, despite playing the 11th hole in 7 over and despite trailing Weir by two shots with three holes to play, Singh again found a way to get it done.
He took over the No. 1 ranking from Woods last week and showed it's in good hands.
Joe Ogilvie had a 69 to finish third, two shots behind at 277.
Justin Rose of England had the best round of the tournament, an 8-under 63 that put him in a tie for fourth with Tom Lehman (64), Hunter Mahan (68) and Stewart Cink (69).
* LPGA TOUR: Annika Sorenstam won her fifth tour event of the year, closing with a 1-under 70 for a four-shot victory at the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic in Broken Arrow, Okla.
Sorenstam had three birdies and a bogey in the final round for a 9-under 204, winning the event for the second time. She had a three-stroke lead entering the round and played steadily on the narrow fairways and sloping greens of Cedar Ridge Country Club while her challengers struggled.
Shi Hyun Ahn closed with a 69 and was second at 5-under 208. Candie Kung also had a final-round 69 and was third at 3 under. Mi Hyun Kim (67) and Heather Bowie (69) tied for fourth at 2-under 211.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bruce Summerhays overcame a six-stroke deficit with a birdie on the 18th hole to win the Kroger Classic, edging defending champion Gil Morgan, Jim Thorpe and Doug Tewell by one stroke in Maineville, Ohio.
"It was just a fabulous day," said the 60-year-old Summerhays, who went 209 tournaments between wins. "To shoot 64 on the last day, if you're anywhere near the lead, is a magical number, and it was today."
Summerhays started the round six shots behind second-round leader Tewell, but caught him with an 8-under 64 to finish at 15-under 201 -- the number Summerhays predicted on Thursday it would take to win.
Tewell, who finished second in the event last year, shot a 1-under 71 to finish at 14-under 202. He had a chance to force a playoff with a birdie at 18, but could only make par.
* EUROPE: Padraig Harrington rallied to a three-stroke victory in the German Masters in Pulheim, closing with a 2-under 70 and giving his game a big boost before the Ryder Cup.