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Golf: Weir halts skid at 87 events

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Weir outdueled Tiger Woods in the Presidents Cup three weeks ago at Royal Montreal, reaffirming his status as a Canadian icon.

That emotional victory paid dividends Sunday, when Weir shot a 2-under-par 68 for a one-stroke victory over Mark Hensby of Australia in the Fry's Electronics Open.

"It maybe got me over the hump as far as confidence that when it really hits the fan, I can get it done," Weir said.

Weir got it done on a warm, blustery day at Grayhawk Golf Club. Wind gusted to 25 mph, turning the 7,125-yard Raptor Course into an adventure. Only 12 players broke par Sunday, 22 fewer than Saturday, when calm conditions prevailed.

Weir finished at 14-under 266 for his eighth PGA Tour victory and first since the 2004 Nissan Open, a span of 87 starts.

"Definitely been tough not winning," said Weir, who earned $900,000 to jump from 84th to 33rd on the money list at $1,986,053. "You know, that's what we're all out here to do, and 3½ years has been quite a long time."

Weir secured his long-awaited victory with a 6-foot par putt after hitting his approach on the par-4 18th into a greenside bunker.

Fans serenaded a grinning Weir with a rendition of "O Canada" after he spoke to reporters.

CHAMPIONS, at San Antonio -- John Cook won his first title in his second start on the 50-and-over circuit, closing with a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke win over Mark O'Meara in the AT&T Championship.

Cook, an 11-time PGA Tour winner who turned 50 on Oct. 2, began the round two strokes behind O'Meara and Tom Kite and was three behind after a bogey on the par-4 third hole at Oak Hills Country Club. Cook birdied the next two holes and added five more birdies on Nos. 9-11, 15 and 16 to finish at 15-under 198.

LPGA, at Gyeongju, South Korea -- Norwegian star Suzann Pettersen won the Hana Bank KOLON Championship when high wind and unplayable conditions on the stressed putting surfaces forced tournament officials to call off the final round. Pettersen won her fourth LPGA title of the year and became the first non-South Korean winner in the six-year history of the event.

EUROPEAN, at Vilamoura, Portugal -- Steve Webster of England won the Portugal Masters for his second European Tour title. He closed with an 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Robert Karlsson of Sweden. Webster had a 25-under 263 total.

NATIONWIDE, at Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Ron Whittaker won the Chattanooga Classic to wrap up a spot next year on the PGA Tour. He shot a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke win over David McKenzie. Whittaker had a 17-under 271 total at Black Creek Club.

Atwater native Matt Hansen finished nine strokes back following a 75. He earned $2,518.

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