Jason Dufner won on the PGA Tour for the first time since the 2013 PGA Championship, edging Sweden’s David Lingmerth on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Lingmerth’s closing round of 65 saw him track down Dufner as both men shot 25-under at La Quinta CC in California, their scores one stroke off Patrick Reed’s record from 2014.
Both men birdied parred the first extra hole, but Lingmerth missed his par putt on the second go-round to give Dufner his fourth win on the PGA Tour.
After a torrid start of 64-65-64, Dufner came back down to earth on Sunday with a 2-under 70, allowing Lingmerth to make up considerable ground as he shot 62-65 over the weekend. After ending his Saturday round with five straight birdies, he added seven more without a single bogey on Sunday.
The two men were tied after 16 holes and both parred their last two holes to force the playoff.
Americans Kevin Na, Phil Mickelson, and Andrew Loupe tied for third at 21-under. It was Mickelson’s best finish since taking third at the St. Jude Classic last June.
Dufner cashes in on a check for $1.044 million and 500 FedExCup points.
Canada’s Adam Hadwin and the US’ Jamie Lovemark, both in contention after 54 holes, fell back on Sunday as Hadwin shot an even-par 72 and Lovemark a 1-over 73.
The PGA Tour continues beginning Thursday at the Famers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines, California, where Jason Day is the defending champion.