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Weir leads Duetsche Bank Championship

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Associated Press

NORTON, Mass. — Mike Weir holed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, leaving him in a familiar position with hopes of a better outcome.

It was the 10th time the Canadian has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, but he has only one victory when leading going into the final round.

Weir had a 17-under 196 total. He matched the course record Friday with a 61 and shot a 67 on Saturday.

Camilo Villegas ignored the swirling wind and increasingly firm conditions at TPC Boston to shoot 63, putting him in the final group with Weir for perhaps his best chance at his first PGA Tour victory.

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Three shots behind were Sergio Garcia (68) and Vijay Singh (69).

  • GLENEAGLES, Scotland — France’s Gregory Havret shot a 3-under 70 for a one-stroke victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship, and England’s Oliver Wilson finished 10th to clinch Europe’s 10th and final automatic Ryder Cup spot.

After the tournament, Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo used his two picks on Englishmen Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, a decision that left Darren Clarke off the European team for the first time since 1995.
Havret sank a 10-foot par putt to win the title at 14-under 278. Graeme Storm (68) was second, and Peter Hanson (69) and David Howell (71) tied for third at 11 under.

Wilson’s 69 meant Nick Dougherty needed to win the tournament to have a chance of making the European team for the Sept. 19-21 matches against the United States at Valhalla. Dougherty (70) finished seventh.

  • PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jeff Sluman won the First Tee Open for his second Champions Tour victory, closing with a 5-under 67 at Pebble Beach for a five-stroke victory over Fuzzy Zoeller and Craig Stadler.

Sluman, a six-time PGA Tour winner who won the Bank of America Championship in June for his first Champions Tour title, had a 14-under 202 total. He opened with a 69 at Del Monte and shot a 66 on Saturday at Pebble Beach.
Zoeller shot a 69 for his best Champions Tour finish since 2004. Stadler, the inaugural tournament winner in 2004, had a 71.

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