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Singh gets by Garcia in playoff

August 25, 2008|From the Associated Press

Vijay Singh won The Barclays for a record fourth time Sunday, matching Sergio Garcia with a long birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff and finishing off the Spaniard with another birdie on the second extra hole in Paramus, N.J.

The 45-year-old Fijian closed with a one-under-par 70 to match Garcia (70) and Kevin Sutherland (68) at eight-under 276 on the sun-baked Ridgewood Country Club course, the first-time site after 41 seasons at Westchester Country Club.

Singh, the 1993, 1995 and 2006 winner at Westchester, earned 11,000 FedEx Cup points in the playoff opener to take the lead with 109,500 points -- 5,125 ahead of second-place Garcia. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner three weeks ago at Firestone, Singh also earned $1.26 million for his 33rd PGA Tour victory.

Garcia and Singh made long birdie putts on the first extra hole, the 472-yard 18th framed by a canyon of trees, with Garcia rolling a 27-footer and Singh matching him moments later from 26 feet.

After driving into the right rough, Sutherland was on the back fringe in three when Garcia and Singh made their birdie putts.

Garcia and Singh then moved to the 577-yard, par-five 17th. Garcia hooked his drive into the left rough, just feet from towering trees. With Singh in the middle of the fairway, Garcia hit his second shot behind a tree in the right rough. Singh then hit a 267-yard approach onto the green, about 20 feet long and right.

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Cristie Kerr sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, defeating Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson to win the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.

Kerr, Alfredsson and Gustafson finished 54 regulation holes at 13-under 203. Alfredsson and Gustafson missed slightly longer birdie putts during the playoff before Kerr made hers for her 11th LPGA Tour win.

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Tom Kite surged past Scott Simpson with three birdies in four holes on the back nine and finished at 14-under to win his second Boeing Classic title in Snoqualmie, Wash. It's the first victory for Kite since winning the 2006 Boeing Classic in a playoff over Keith Fergus, and the 10th Champions Tour title in his career.

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Danny Lee became the U.S. Amateur's youngest champion, supplanting Tiger Woods by holding off Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4, at Pinehurst, N.C.

Lee lost most of a six-hole lead before regaining control with consecutive birdies midway through his second trip around Pinehurst's No. 2 course. Lee, at 18 years and one month, is six months and 29 days younger than Woods was when he won the first of his three Amateurs in 1994.

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