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Gay takes Humana title on second playoff hole


February 20. 2013 2:59AM
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LA QUINTA, Calif. — Brain Gay won the Humana Challenge on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour title, beating Charles Howell III with a 5 1/2 -foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.


Gay closed with a 9-under 63 on PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course to match Howell and Swedish rookie David Lingmerth at 25-under 263.


Howell shot a 64, and Lingmerth had a 62. Scott Stallings, five strokes ahead entering the round, bogeyed the final hole for a 70 to miss the playoff by a stroke.


Gay and Howell opened the playoff with birdies on the par-5 18th, and Lingmerth dropped out with a bogey after hitting his approach into the left-side water. Gay won on the par-4 10th, hitting a perfect drive and putting his 145-yard second shot in good position below the hole. Howell drove into the right rough, hit his second into the back bunker, blasted out to 15 feet and two-putted for bogey.


Abu Dhabi Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Jamie Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi Championship by one shot Sunday, with Justin Rose narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff.


Rose's 8-foot putt rimmed out of the hole, giving the Welshman his second European Tour victory.


Trailing by two strokes before the final round, the 47th-ranked Donaldson opened with a birdie and had two more on Nos. 9 and 11. Rose, who had led all week, bogeyed the fifth and then lost the lead after a bogey on the 11th.


Rose also bogeyed the 16th after an errant drive before Donaldson missed a 5-foot putt on No. 18 that cut the lead to one. Rose tied for second with Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who also failed to force a playoff on the 18th.




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