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Lincicome wins Canadian Women's Open by 1 stroke

Brittany Lincicome sank a par putt on the 18th hole in a driving rain Sunday to win the Canadian Women's Open by one stroke.

Lincicome closed with a 2-under 70 to edge defending champion Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis, claiming her fifth LPGA Tour victory and second this year. Lewis had the low round of the day with a 67 to finish tied with Wie at 12 under.

Wie, who won the tournament last year in Winnipeg, sank long putts on the 15th and 17th holes to make it close. She needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff, but missed the green, took a drop to get clear of a fence, and made par.

Americans took the top five placings, with Cristie Kerr (71) and Angela Stanford (72) finishing at 11 under.

Fears that the tournament would not be concluded because of remnants of tropical storm Irene did not pan out. It rained heavily on the back nine for the leaders and there were gusting winds, but nothing that force a stoppage of play.

Organizers moved up start times by 90 minutes, had the players grouped into threesomes instead of twosomes, and started groups on both the first and tenth tees to get the fourth round in before the course could be washed out.

If the final round had been canceled, there were plans for a playoff between the three 54-hole leaders: Wie, Tiffany Joh and Ai Miyazato.