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Oh, Canada: Weir just can't hang on

Already No. 1 in the world, Vijay Singh felt like Public Enemy No. 1 in Canada.

Any other time, some 40,000 fans at the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario, would have been thrilled to see the world's best player overcome a sore left knee and a three-shot deficit to make birdie on the final hole and win in a playoff.

Just not yesterday.

Not with Mike Weir on the cusp of becoming the first Canadian in 50 years to win his national title -- on the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Open, no less. Woe, Canada.

"I feel for Mike," Singh said after a thrilling duel Canadians will appreciate once the shock wears off. "That was the one person I didn't want to beat."

In some respects, Weir beat himself.

Three times he stood over a putt to win the Bell Canadian Open -- a 10-foot birdie on the 72d hole, a 25-foot eagle on the 18th hole in the playoff, a 5-footer for par at No. 17 on the second extra hole. He missed them all.

Weir ran out of chances, driving into the rough on the par-5 18th, laying up, and then putting his approach into the water on the third playoff hole.

"The level of pressure was right there with Augusta," said Weir, who became Canada's first major champion last year at the Masters. "It was me who didn't get it done. I just didn't have anything falling my way the last few days."

Singh, who blistered tee shots on the 18th all three times, only had to three-putt from the fringe to win for the seventh time this season and put a stamp on a No. 1 ranking he has held a week.

Singh closed with a 69, Weir with a 72.

LPGA -- Annika Sorenstam won her fifth Tour event of the year, closing with a 1-under 70 (9-under 204 total) for a four-shot victory at the John Q. Hammons Classic in Broken Arrow, Okla. 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.

Champions -- Bruce Summerhays overcame a six-stroke deficit with a birdie on the 18th hole to win the Kroger Classic in Maineville, Ohio, edging defending champion Gil Morgan, Jim Thorpe, and Doug Tewell by one stroke. 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.

European -- Padraig Harrington rallied to a three-stroke victory over Nick O'Hern in the German Masters in Pulheim on a windy day, closing with a 2-under 70. Harrington started his round trailing leader Graeme McDowell by three strokes. McDowell shared third with Raphael Jacquelin (73).

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