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Brian Gay wins Challenge in three-way playoff

Published on Jan 21, 2013 9:55 AM
Brian Gay (left) shakes hands with Charles Howell III after Gay won on the second playoff hole during the final round of the Humana Challenge In Partnership With The Clinton Foundation on the Palmer Private Course at PGA West on Jan 20, 2013 in La Quinta, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

LA QUINTA, California (REUTERS) - Brian Gay clinched his fourth PGA Tour title in champion style when he beat fellow American Charles Howell III and Swede David Lingmerth in a sudden-death playoff to win the Humana Challenge on Sunday.

Gay, 41, sealed victory in fading light on the Palmer Private course at PGA West after striking a superb approach to five feet at the par-four 10th, the second extra hole, and coolly sinking the birdie putt.

Howell, bidding to claim his first title on the United States (US) circuit in six years, bogeyed the hole after ending up in the back left bunker, splashing out to nine feet beyond the pin and missing the par putt.

PGA Tour rookie Lingmerth was eliminated at the first extra hole, the par-five 18th, where he bogeyed after hitting his second shot into water. Howell, with a solid two-putt, and Gay, who chipped to four feet, both birdied the hole.

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