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Edwards dominates in first tour win

Texan wins Air Canada title by record 7 strokes

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SURREY, British Columbia — Joel Edwards didn't just win his first PGA tournament, he ran away with it.

Edwards shot a 6-under-par 65 in Sunday's final round and won the Air Canada Championship by seven strokes and matched the tournament record at 19-under.

He is the fifth first-time winner in the six-year history of the tournament and won $612,000.

In 11 years on the PGA Tour, the 39-year-old Texan had never led after 54 holes, let alone win. That all changed with four straight birdies on the back nine.

Edwards started his birdie runs at No. 12 and when it ended he was 19-under. He bogeyed No. 16, but made up for it with a perfect second shot over the water on the tough par-4 18th that left him inside 3 feet.

He made the putt for a share of the tournament record set by Mark Calcavecchia in 1997 and matched by Brandel Chamblee the following year.

Edwards had a share of the lead after an opening-round 65. He took it alone with a 67 on Friday and increased his lead to three shots with a third-round 68.

After a birdie on No. 1, Edwards had his first bogey in 47 holes on the 590-yard, par-5 4th. That dropped his lead to two strokes over Fred Funk, but Edwards recovered with birdies on No. 7 and 8.

"For his first win to go out there and be 6-under today, that s great," said Steve Lowery, who rebounded from a disastrous finish on Saturday with a 66 that left him alone in second at 12-under. "He made some good shots early and made some birdies to free himself up."

Funk shot a 70 to finish tied with 23-year-old Matt Kuchar at 11-under.

Kevin Sutherland shot a final-round 67 to finish tied with Brent Geiberger and David Gossett at 10-under.

Grant Waite started the day alone in second, three shots behind Edwards, but a 1-over 72 left him in a group of eight players at 9-under.

Lowery, who finished third at the PGA Championship two weeks ago, had eight birdies and a share of the lead after 16 holes Saturday, but played the last two holes at 5-over par to finish with a 68.

"I feel good about coming back today after my finish yesterday," he said. "To tell you the truth I wasn't really sure how I was going to react because it was tough. I was really playing well so to give it all back was tough. It's a tough game when you play all day today just to make up for two holes."

Conditions eased at the Northview Golf and Country Club as the wind remained calm and the greens stayed soft after rain Friday night.