Jeppe Huldahl of Denmark, who won the Wales Open last month, took third, four shots off Gonzalez who was winning his fourth career European Tour title on the monster Barseback course.
Gonzalez survived two late scares, holing a tricky bunker shot at the 17th and then, after hooking into the trees down the last, he threaded his nine-iron approach through a small gap and hit it to within five feet of the flag.
“Incredible,” he said after his four-under 69 for a total of 282. “It’s been a hard year, but I was fighting, fighting, fighting. I had the feeling that you can always make it if you work hard and never lose faith. I don’t know whether the shot on the last was luck or just brilliant.”
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Jason Dufner of the US led the Canadian Open leaderboard at the end of play on Sunday, but could not collect his maiden PGA Tour win as the weather-battered tournament was forced into a fifth day.
After three days of torrential rain, thunderstorms and lightning, officials had hoped they might dodge the miserable weather long enough to pack in 36 holes and crown the tournament’s 100th champion, but shortly after third-round play began ferocious storms again rumbled across Glen Abbey forcing another lengthy six-hour delay before play was finally suspended.