Dufner wins title in dramatic play-off

Jason Dufner

Dufner received the trophy from former US president Bill Clinton

Jason Dufner won his fourth PGA Tour title with a two-hole play-off victory over Sweden’s David Lingmerth at the CareerBuilder Challenge in California.

Dufner triumphed thanks to a par on the second extra hole after Lingmerth had sent his second shot into the water.

He had not won a tournament on the tour since his 2013 PGA Championship.

Both men were tied on 25 under after the regulation 18 holes, but the 38-year-old American needed a remarkable shot on the 17th to force a play-off.

After hitting his tee shot into the rocks surrounding an island green, luckily evading water, he somehow managed to produce a superb chip shot which hit the flag and almost went in, instead tapping in for an unlikely par.

On the first play-off hole, he made a 10-foot par putt for half, before Lingmerth hooked his second shot from light rough on the 18th into the water.

That was enough to ensure Dufner – who led for all four rounds – would seal the title.

He said: “It was pretty tough. This is the best tour in the world so for me to win I feel like I was one of the best players in the world this week.”

On his great escape on the 17th he added: “I thought the ball was in the water, I got a great break and sometimes you need these things to happen to win.”

Lingmerth followed up his third-round 62 with another round-of-the-day 65 to claw back a five-shot deficit on overnight leader Dufner.

Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na and Andrew Loupe were all tied in third on 21 under.

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