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Posted: Monday, September 17, 2001

Zanardi stable after doctors amputate his legs

KLETTWITZ, Germany -- Alex Zanardi was in serious but stable condition Sunday after doctors amputated his legs following a wreck in the American Memorial 500.

The two-time CART champion most likely will be hospitalized for about two weeks and probably stay in emergency care for a week, Dr. Gerd Schroeter said.

Schroeter, one of a team of physicians treating Zanardi, said a follow-up operation will be done Monday. Zanardi also sustained a small fracture of the pelvis and a concussion, but there were no serious internal injuries.

The 34-year-old Italian lost control of his car leaving pit lane in Saturday's race and was struck broadside by Alex Tagliani's car, which was traveling about 200 mph.

Tagliani had only minor injuries and was treated at the hospital and released. Zanardi's legs were amputated Saturday in a Berlin trauma center.

Bohn fires 58 to win Canadian Tour event

SARNIA, Ontario -- Jason Bohn went golf's magic number one better Sunday.

The 28-year-old from Atlanta shot a 13-under-par 58 at Huron Oaks Country Club to win the Canadian Tour's Bayer Championship by two strokes and go one below the best round ever shot in PGA Tour-sanctioned competition.

Bohn, whose 24 under total was the lowest this season in a Canadian Tour event, matched the 58 shot by Shigeki Maruyama of Japan in qualifying for the 2000 U.S. Open at the par-71 Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.

The recognized record of 59 was set by David Duval, Chip Beck and Al Geiberger on the PGA Tour; Doug Dunakey and Notah Begay on the Nike Tour; and Annika Sorenstam on the LPGA Tour.

''It was wild -- a crazy day,'' Bohn said. ''Everything went my way. I'd hit a bad shot and then chip it in. I made a ton of putts. I played well but was able to cover a bad shot with a luck shot. The best round I'd ever had before was 62.

''This is the first time my parents have come in the five years I've played in the Canadian Tour. This makes it even more special.''

Bohn's round even included a bogey on the par-3 8th.

''I felt comfortable all day. I did get a little nervous when I got close,'' he said. ''I had my best friend on the bag and he calmed me down and told me to take it one shot at the time. When I made the turn I thought, 'I can shoot 59 today' and I shot one better.''

A round of 59 hasn't always meant victory. Geiberger won the 1977 Memphis Classic, Duval won the 1999 Bob Hope and Sorenstam won the Standard Register Ping in March. But Beck didn't win the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational and Begay and Dunakey both lost their Nike Tour events in 1998.

Bohn finished two shots in front of Jace Bugg and earned $32,000.

It was his second Canadian Tour win of the season as he won the Shell/Payless Open in Victoria during the opening week of the Canadian portion of the tour.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, his professional career was well financed before it began after he won $1 million in a hole-in-one contest in Alabama.

''In all honesty, the 58 is more exciting. I earned this,'' Bohn said. ''The hole-in-one was just pot luck. It was 135 yards. I hit a little, heal-cut, 9-iron. Two bounces and it went in. I've had some good luck in my day.''

Bugg shot a final-round 62.

''I did everything I possibly could but today I was beat -- beat like a drum,'' Bugg said. ''He was unbelievable. What can I say? He deserves to win. At the same time, it was a terrific week for me. Twenty-two under is the lowest I've ever shot for four days of golf -- and that usually wins it.''

The course record of 61 was tied earlier in Sunday by Chris Wall, who finished 11th.



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