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Thriller decided in playoff at CareerBuilder Challenge

Final Round – PGA Tour – CareerBuilder Challenge – PGA West TPC Stadium Course (host) – La Quinta, California –

Jason Dufner edged David Lingmerth in a playoff to capture the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.

The drama at PGA West Stadium Course heated up late in the final round of a two-man chase. Both finished 25-under and four shots clear of the nearest competitors. It marked the 4th career PGA Tour triumph for Dufner.

Dufner, who pinned himself in a bunker on the first playoff hole, saved par with a big save to continue the action. He then eliminated Lingmerth with a two-putt par on the second playoff hole after Lingmerth found water.

Lingmerth used a 62-65 weekend to post 25-under and then waited for Dufner to

Jason Dufner current official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

Jason Dufner current official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

come home with near birdies to win at the 71st and 72nd holes. Dufner found the rocks just missed water on No. 17 in regulation. He found a lucky opening and hit the pin with his chip.

Phil Mickelson converted a solid week in the desert with a T-3 finish at 21-under overall. Kevin Na and Andrew Loupe were also 21-under to log Top 3 efforts.

Luke List, Adam Hadwin and Jamie Lovemark ended up T-6. Lovemark was in the mix early Sunday before finding the water on three occasions to prevent him from breaking through for his maiden PGA Tour win.

Dufner entered the final round after rounds of 64-65-64 but struggled as the leader being chased. The 38-year-old, who won the 2013 PGA Championship, has just two Top 10s last season and putted well all week in Southern California.

Ranked 52nd in the world, Lingmerth was a 45-to-1 long shot heading into the week at Station Casinos in Las Vegas. For Dufner, he paid off 28-1 for the winning ticket.

Other Golf news:

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  • Duffy Waldorf (18-under) won the Champions Tour 2016 season opener beatingChampions Tour Tom Lehman by a shot at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.
  • The PGA Tour hosts the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Club next week in San Diego. Jason Day is the defending champion beating three others in a playoff last season.
  • The LPGA Tour hosts the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic next week for its season opener. Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson headline the field.