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Hart Wins Canadian Open; Woods 11th

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Dudley Hart completed a comeback from injuries that kept him away from golf for nearly two years with his first PGA victory in the Canadian Open on Sunday in Oakville, Ontario.

Scott Dunlap, who was three strokes ahead of Hart at 15-under entering the final round, had five bogeys in a closing round of 76.

Hart, playing steady if unspectacular golf, carved out a 2-under-par 70 in the final round for a 14-under 202 total and a one-stroke victory over David Duval in the rain-shortened event. He is the 10th first-time winner on the Tour this season.

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Hart’s physical problems began in 1994 when he sat out 10 weeks because of rib and back problems. Early last year, he injured his right wrist when his club struck a buried tree root. It required surgery to repair ligament damage, and a lengthy rehab period.

Tiger Woods shot 4-under 68 for a total of 8-under 208. He finished 11th and earned $37,500, giving him $40,044 for his first two weeks as a pro. It also moved him up to No. 204 on the money list.

Auto Racing

Amid a sea of waving red-and-yellow Ferrari flags, two-time world champion Michael Schumacher won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Italy for his second consecutive triumph and the third of the season.

The German capitalized on a perfect pit strategy and a mistake by championship-point leader Damon Hill to drive to his 22nd career victory and his first on Italian soil since joining Ferrari last year with a $20-million contract.

Frenchman Jean Alesi was second in a Benetton-Renault.

Hill, who started his Williams-Renault from the pole and led the race early, retired on the sixth lap after hitting a tire barrier and spinning out. A victory would have given him the drivers’ title.

Ron Hornaday Jr. won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ Pennzoil 200 at Loudon, N.H., after leaders Jack Sprague and Joe Ruttman crashed on the final turn in the 206-lap event.

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