Verplank takes Canadian Open

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2001

MONTREAL -- Scott Verplank hung on down the stretch Sunday to win the Canadian Open and douse any concerns about his selection to the Ryder Cup team.

Despite a double bogey on No. 16 and having to scramble for par on the final hole, Verplank closed with a 3-under 67 at Royal Montreal Golf Club and won for the first time this year, beating Bob Estes and Joey Sindelar by three strokes.

Verplank won for the fourth time in his career, one of those the 1985 Western Open when he was an amateur at Oklahoma State. He earned $648,000 and moved to seventh on the PGA Tour money list.

John Daly, coming off his first victory in six years, was tied for the lead after nine holes and finished fourth, four strokes back.

Verplank was a controversial captain's pick to the U.S. team, the first rookie ever selected. Captain Curtis Strange took him over three others who finished higher in the standings, including Tom Lehman.

Verplank finished at 14-under 266, matching the winning score last year by Tiger Woods at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Woods never had a chance to become the first player in 50 years to win the Canadian Open in consecutive years. He had a 69 and finished 10 strokes back.

Allianz Championship

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Jim Thorpe followed his dramatic victory a week ago with an easy one, closing with a 5-under-par 66 for a 14-under 199 total to win the Allianz Championship senior tournament by two strokes.

Gil Morgan closed with a 65 to finish 12-under at the Glen Oaks Country Club.

The $265,000 first-place check was Thorpe's largest as a pro. It was his 11th top 10 finish in the last 19 tournaments and his fourth straight.

Williams Championship

TULSA, Okla. -- Gloria Park overcame a five-stroke deficit with a 6-under-par 64 and won the inaugural Williams Championship for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Park was the third straight first-time tour winner, following Heather Daly-Donofrio at the Betsy King Classic and Kate Golden at the Rail Classic. That's the most in a row since there were four straight rookie champions in 1995.

The winner of the 1999 Indonesian Ladies Open, Park won $150,000 with a 9-under 201 total, one stroke ahead of Donna Andrews, who started the second round with a four-shot lead.

European Masters

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina won his first European tour title, shooting a 3-under-par 68 to capture the European Masters by three strokes.

Gonzalez, a former caddie, led the tournament all the way, finishing with a 16-under total of 268. Denmark's Soren Hansen (68) was runner-up at 13-under 271.

Craig Stadler shared third with Scotland's Gary Orr at 273. It was Stadler's best result in almost a year and a half.

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