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Lake Oswego product Craig Kanada has a shot to get back on the PGA Tour after his victory last week in the Nationwide Tour's Utah Energy Solutions Championship at Sandy, Utah.
Kanada, 37, beat four players by one shot to win $85,000 in the 72-hole event and to vault from 80th to 28th on the money list. The top-20 finishers in money get PGA Tour cards for 2007; Nos. 21 through 35 advance to the final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.
The 5-9, 155-pound Kanada sank a 3-foot par putt on the final hole for his first Nationwide Tour triumph in 212 starts, dating to 1991.
'I can't tell you how many bad thoughts I had going through my head,' he says. The Ohio State grad says he 'started playing really bad golf in 2002, and I just couldn't handle the nerves. I thought about quitting if I wouldn't have gotten on this (Nationwide Tour) again this year. Just making it on this tour last fall was a huge victory, and now to win one is absolutely amazing.'
The tour is in Idaho this week for the 17th annual Albertsons Boise Open. The ninth annual Oregon Classic is Sept. 21 through Sept. 24 at Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City.