Anderson Wins Canadian Tour Championship

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Canadian Tour-LargeBARRIE, Ont. -- Stuart Anderson smiled, clutched his Canadian flag belt and posed for pictures holding the newest trophy on the Canadian Tour.
 
Earlier, as he walked up the 18th fairway, he struggled to keep his emotions in check.
 
'I had a little lump in my throat,' said Anderson, who shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday to win the inaugural Canadian Tour Championship.
 
Anderson, 28, finished four rounds at 7-under-par 273 for a three-shot victory over fellow Canadian Matt McQuillan, claiming his second tour title and first since last year's Foster Farms California Classic.
 
Runner-up McQuillan won last year's Edmonton Open in Anderson's home province.
 
'It was a flip-flop today,' Anderson joked. 'I guess I owed him one.'
 
McQuillan also closed with a 3-under 67 to end at 4-under 276. He had two bogeys on the day -- the first of which, at the 10th, gave Anderson a three-shot lead.
 
'I gave myself a chance heading into the final nine and tried to put up a good fight,' McQuillan defended. 'Things just didn't turn out. I gave myself a lot of opportunities to catch Stu, but no one was going to catch him today.'
 
Dealing with problems both professional and personal, Anderson had failed to post any top-10 finishes in eight previous starts this season. Sunday, he was relieved to have closed the season with a win.
 
'I've been able to straighten things out, thanks to the support of my family and those who stood behind me,' said Anderson, who had three birdies in a bogey-free round.
 
'They were always there when I needed someone to call.'
 
It was a good day for the native tour players, as Canadian Brad Fritsch tied for third place at 1-under 279 following a round of six-under 64. He was joined there by American Joseph Lanza (71).
 
Americans Byron Smith (67), Joe Horowitz (69) and Eric Jorgensen (69) tied for fifth place, one shot further back at 280.
 
The season now over, two-time 2006 winner Stephen Gangluff finished atop the money list to take the Rolex Player of the Year Award (he missed the cut this week, however).
 
Gangluff will be joined by fellow two-time 2006 winners Rob Oppenheim and Lee Williamson, as well as Darren Griff, Brian Guetz and Wes Heffernan, next week at the Canadian Open.
 
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