Jason Dufner ended a drought of more than two years Sunday by winning the CareerBuilder Challenge on the second hole of a playoff. Dufner, whose last victory was the 2013 PGA Championship, posted his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour. He shot a 2-under 70 at the PGA West Stadium Course to finish 72 holes at 25-under 263 at a tournament that uses three courses in the Palm Springs, Calif., area.
Who didn’t win
David Lingmerth hit his second shot in the water on the second playoff hole, leading to a double bogey, which cost him the tournament. It ruined a mistake-free, bogey-free 65 in the final round that got him into the playoff. Phil Mickelson, Andrew Loupe and Kevin Na finished tied for third, four shots back at 21-under 267; each shot 68 in the final round. Jamie Lovemark, despite three double bogeys on Sunday that cost him a chance to win, tied for sixth at 20-under 266 with Adam Hadwin and Luke List. Hadwin was tied for the lead with nine holes to play.
How it happened
Dufner started the day with a two-shot lead, but a 1-over 37 on the front nine allowed Hadwin into a tie at 22 under. Lingmerth was five behind when the final round began and crafted the round of the day, taking the lead momentarily with a two-putt birdie from more than 50 feet at the par-5 16th. But Dufner followed with a birdie of his own at the 16th and the two were tied at the end of regulation. On the first extra hole, Dufner drove into a fairway bunker and holed a 9-footer for par to extend the playoff.