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Mario Tiziani held on to his third-round lead to win the Canadian Tour's Northern Ontario Open yesterday.

Tiziani, who had a four-shot lead after three rounds, carded a two-under 68 at the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Course and finished with a 72-hole total of nine-under 271.

Australians Tony Carolan and David McKenzie where six shots back in second place.

Darren Griff of Salt Spring Island, B.C., finished in a tie for fourth with rookies Mike Hospodar and Kris Mikkelsen at one-under.

Just six of the 62 players finished under par, the lowest since the 2002 Myrtle Beach Barefoot Championship when five wound up in the red.

Any doubts that Tiziani was suffering from final-round jitters were put to rest early when he birdied his second hole of the day to get to eight-under.

McKenzie pulled to within three at the turn, but fell five off the pace after 11. A curling 20-foot birdie putt on number 16 rubber-stamped Tiziani's first official Tour win.

"I didn't want to give anyone any chance to get back into this thing, and I was able to do that," Tiziani, 32, said. "I watched the leaderboard all day long. I figure if I can't do it here, what am I going to do on a bigger stage? If I put pressure on myself, I knew it would help me in the long run."

Besides the $28,000 payday, Tiziani won a berth in this week's Nationwide Tour CPGA Championship at DiamondBack Golf Club at Richmond Hill, Ont.

Yesterday may have marked the first official Canadian Tour win for the American, but he won the 2002 Panasonic Panama Open, an unofficial event that featured a stellar field in Coronado Beach, Panama.

"I think I am beginning to establish myself as a solid player," Tiziani said. "There are so many good players out here, to win by a big margin, you have to be doing a lot of things well. I want to be a consistent player, not a guy who wins a tournament then misses a cut. I think I am getting to that point."

Sal Spallone equalled the course record 63, vaulting from 47th spot all the way to 7th.