Date: July 26, 2009
Author: Sportal and PA Sport

Storms delay Canadian Open

The PGA Tour&aposs hopes of completing both remaining rounds of the delayed Canadian Open were again scuppered by the weather in Ontario. Having taken three days to play the first two rounds, 36 holes had been scheduled on Sunday but leader Jason Dufner had played only six holes of his third round when proceedings were again halted by storms. The American had shot to the top of the leaderboard with a nine-under-par round of 63 on Saturday to move to 13-under and he added a birdie at the second to stay just ahead of the pack. Leading the charge was rising star Anthony Kim, who went out in 31 to trail by one at 13-under alongside Jerry Kelly, who was one-under through six. South Africa&aposs Retief Goosen was the leading name in a group of five players two behind while DA Points made the best start to climb to 11-under. The American birdied eight of his first 14 holes, although his card was marred slightly by a double bogey at the 11th – his second. Australian Nathan Green is even-par through seven holes to also be at 11-under still very much in contention. Colombia&aposs Camilo Villegas and Scot Martin Laird saw their challenge fall away, Villegas going through seven holes in two-over to drop to eight-under while Laird was one worse off. Meanwhile, Argentina&aposs Ricardo Gonzalez, without a top 10 finish all season, grabbed his fourth European Tour title in simply stunning fashion in Malmo. Five birdies in the final six holes – and this on the longest course in Tour history – gave the 39-year-old a two-stroke victory over Welshman Jamie Donaldson at the SAS Masters. The last two of them will live long in his memory. First Gonzalez holed a difficult bunker shot at Barseback&aposs 459-yard 17th and then, after hooking into the trees down the 437-yard last, he threaded his nine-iron approach through a nine foot gap and hit it to within five feet of the flag. “Incredible,” he said after signing for a four-under-par 69 and 10-under total of 282. “It&aposs been a hard year, but I was fighting, fighting, fighting. I had the feeling that you can always make it if you work hard and never lose faith.” “I don&apost know whether the shot on the last was luck or just brilliant.” Australian Marcus Fraser, who was the overnight leader, struggled to a four-over-par 77 to finish in a tie for fourth place at four-under. Elsewhere, Michael Sim was gunning for his third Nationwide Tour title of the year and immediate promotion to the PGA Tour, but after starting the final round in equal first place he fell away to finish in a tie for fifth, four strokes behind American Rich Barcelo. On the Asian Tour, Adam Blyth has finished in second place at Indonesia President Invitational in Jakarta, two shots behind Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar, whose final round of 67 took him up to a 22-under-par total. And finally, Paul Sheehan shared seventh place at the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup on the Japan Tour, with Hiroyuki Fujita securing a one-shot victory with a six-under-par final round.