Sport in Short: Golf

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NICK FALDO'S victory in the GA European Open at Sunningdale last weekend gave him a points record in the Sony Rankings. Faldo now has a points average of 22.74, shattering the previous best of 21.75 held by Seve Ballesteros. The Englishman's six-point lead over second- placed Fred Couples at the top of the rankings is another record.

GREG NORMAN, of Australia, won his first PGA Tour event in 28 months when he recovered from a late collapse to win the Canadian Open in a play-off against the American, Bruce Lietzke, in Oakville, Ontario. Norman surrendered a five-shot advantage over the final five holes, forcing a play-off only by sinking a three-yard birdie putt at the final regulation hole to tie with Lietzke with an eight-under-par score of 280.

SONY WORLD RANKINGS: 1 N Faldo (Eng) 22.74pts; 2 F Couples (US) 16.67; 3 J M Olazabal (Sp) 13.92; 4 B Langer (Ger) 13.63; 5 I Woosnam (Wal) 12.74; 6 G Norman (Aus) 12.10; 7 P Azinger (US); 8 J Cook (US) 10.38; 9 N Price (Zim) 10.25; 10 S Ballesteros (Sp) 10.08.

CANADIAN OPEN (Oakville, Ontario): Leading final scores (US unless stated): 280 G Norman (Aus) 73 66 71 70; B Lietzke 71 64 73 72 (Norman won on second hole of sudden death play-off). 281 N Price (Zim) 69 70 73 69. 282 J Sindelar 70 74 71 67; J Delsing 71 71 71 69; C Pavin 67 74 71 70. 283 K Clearwater 73 71 71 68. 284 D Frost (SA) 71 70 73 70; M Wiebe 76 66 71 71; D Pooley 67 73 73 71; F Couples 71 69 71 73. 285 J Daly 72 71 71 71; M O'Meara 72 73 68 72; F Quinn 68 72 72 73. 286 C Cooper 72 74 72 68; P Azinger 71 73 70 72; C Strange 73 69 70 74. 287 L Roberts 71 73 73 70; T Sieckmann 71 72 73 71; T Schulz 73 71 71 72; P Jacobsen 73 72 70 72; K Perry 72 71 71 73.

EQUITY AND LAW CHALLENGE (Royal Mid Surrey): First-round scores (1pt for birdies, 2pts for eagles, GB or Irl unless stated): 9pts R Allenby (Aus). 8 G Turner. 7 R Chapman, R Claydon, M Mackenzie. 6 D Gilford. 5 M Gates, B Marchbank, M Mouland, R Boxall, A Forsbrand (Swe). 4 R Winchester, J Sewell, V Singh (Fiji), P Walton, P Lawrie, J Robson. 3 R Lee, S Field, J Townsend (US), D R Jones, P Broadhurst, G J Brand, P Baker, C Mason, D Clarke. 2 P Hall, G Ralph, B Lane, P Senior (Aus). 1 D Cooper. E Darcy, D J Russell retired.

PING-CELLULAR ONE LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP (Portland, Oregon): Leading final scores (US unless stated): 209 N Lopez 70 70 69; J Crafter (Aus) 64 73 72 (Lopez won on second hole of sudden death play- off). 210 J Stephenson (Aus) 72 72 66; T Barrett 66 69 75. 211 D Andrews 72 71 68; C Keggi 70 71 70; M Figueras-Dotti (Sp) 68 72 71. Selected: 216 K Davies (GB) 69 75 72.

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