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Woods steadier than Waite

Tiger Woods, pushed to the limit by an unlikely challenger, completed a great summer by winning the Canadian Open by one stroke over Grant Waite on Sunday.

"Grant forced my hand," said Woods, who will take five weeks off before the Presidents Cup.

Woods shot 22-under-par 266, the lowest 72-hole score in the 22 years the tournament has been played at Glen Abbey Golf Club. He was nearly flawless in shooting 7-under 65 Sunday _ and he had to be. Waite, a runner-up for the second straight week in a Canadian event, matched him stroke for stroke.

They were tied after nine and remained that way after matching birdies on the 13th and 14th. Neither player missed a green until Waite found the fringe on No. 15, but both made pars.

Waite was done in by one bad swing on the 16th that led to par. Woods birdied the hole, and that was the difference.

"My goal was not to get too caught up in the hype," said Waite, who shot 66. "I gave (Woods) a run for the money."

Woods won for the ninth time this year, the most PGA Tour victories in one year since Sam Snead won 11 times in 1950.

And Woods can add the Triple Crown to the Grand Slam he completed by winning the British Open at St. Andrews. He joined Lee Trevino (1971) as the only players to win the U.S. Open, British Open and Canadian Open in the same year.

BETSY KING CLASSIC: Michele Redman shot 4-under 68 to get the second win of her LPGA career and moved into 10th on the tour's money list.

"It's a relief," said Redman, whose other win in eight seasons was the 1997 Big Apple Classic. "I just have been playing for myself lately and not trying to worry about anything else. It came down to wanting my golf to speak for myself, and I think it has."

Redman, who started the day with a one-stroke lead, finished three rounds at the Berkleigh Country Club course at Kutztown, Pa., in 14-under 202. The $120,000 first prize gave her a season total of $502,071.

Jean Bartholomew, who closed with 70, and Meg Mallon, who had 65, finished tied for second at 205. Tournament host Betsy King shot 72 and finished with 1-under 215.

COMFORT CLASSIC: Defending champion Gil Morgan was declared the winner when rain and lightning forced the last round of the Senior PGA Tour event at Indianapolis to be canceled. Morgan was at 13 under to earn his third win of the year. His two-round total of 131 gave him a one-stroke victory over Jim Ahern.

EUROPEAN MASTERS: Eduardo Romero won by 10 shots and matched the best score in tournament history at Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland. Romero closed with 4-under 67 for 13-under 261. Jerry Anderson won with the same total in 1984 on a par-72 course considered easier. Romero's margin was the biggest in Europe this year. Thomas Bjorn had 66 to finish second at 271. Darren Clarke shot 70 and took the lead on the European PGA Tour money list by finishing third.

MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: First-round leader Jim Wilson, Darryl Donovan, Jeff Wilson and Dale Fuller shared medalist honors with 3-under-par 138 after 36 holes of stroke play at Hot Springs, Va.

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