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Dufner Survives Playoff For Victory

January 17, 2016 - Honolulu, Hawaii: Jason Dufner watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during play of the final round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Who won

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.

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