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Furyk claims win as Rose fades

WARM-UP WIN Jim Furyk overtook third-round leader Justin Rose of England as he shot a six-birdie 65 to put him in good spirits ahead of this month's Ryder Cup battle

AFP , ANCASTER, CANADA

US Ryder Cup player Jim Furyk fired a final round of five-under 65 here on Sunday to seize the US$5 million Canadian Open as third-round leader Justin Rose faded.

Furyk, who started the day two shots behind England's Rose, finished with a 14-under total of 266, one shot in front of fellow American Bart Bryant.

Americans Jonathan Byrd and Sean O'Hair both posted 68s to share third on 268.

Furyk, who will be playing in the Ryder Cup in Ireland in two weeks, claimed his second title of the year and the 12th of his career.

Heading to the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, England, before moving on to the K Club for the Ryder Cup, Furyk earned US$900,000.

"It has been a good, solid year so far, only the second season where I've had multiple wins," Furyk said. "I kind of go back and keep comparing this year to 2003 where I really had a breakout year and played very well and won the US Open and won the Buick in Flint with two victories, and now victories this year with Canadian and Wachovia."

"It's been a great year and I still have some events left, so hopefully I can keep riding the wave and finish it out well," he added.

Furyk had five birdies and a bogey through 13 holes and added what proved to be the winning birdie at the par-five 17th.

He began gaining ground with back-to-back birdies at three and four. He gave a shot back at the sixth, but responded with a birdie at seven, then added two more birdies in the first four holes of the back nine.

"I really hit the ball well. From seven to 17, I probably couldn't have hit the ball any better," Furyk said. "I gave myself a lot of opportunities and just got in a real good rhythm with my swing. My timing and everything seemed to click."

Rose, best known for finishing fourth as a 17-year-old amateur in the 1998 British Open, remains in search of his first US PGA Tour win.

His bogey-free round on Saturday had put him one shot in front of a quartet of players that included Bryant and O'Hair.

But he endured a tough day on Sunday. He was one-over through nine, and his first birdie of the day, at the 10th, was followed by a double-bogey at the 11th. He posted a four-over 74 that left him tied for 14th on 273.

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