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Herron survives Colonial playoff

Smooth sailing for ‘Lumpy’ on second hole of sudden death

May 22, 2006

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— Tim Herron wishes he would have made it easier on himself. But after waiting seven years for another win on the PGA Tour, what's two more holes?

"I guess I made it more fun for the viewers and kept them tuned in," Herron said.

Herron didn't really enjoy the ending Sunday in the Colonial until making a 91â2-foot birdie putt on the 382-yard No. 17, the second playoff hole, to beat Richard Johnson.

The player affectionately known as "Lumpy" led throughout the final round before scrambling at the end. He needed clutch par-saving putts on the last two holes of regulation after a bogey at the 188-yard No. 16, then two more holes to get his first victory since Bay Hill in 1999.

"It went right in the middle. I couldn't believe it," Herron said. "It's been a long time. I didn't know if it would ever come."

Johnson birdied the final two holes of regulation after he three-putted for bogey at No. 16, when he was three strokes behind Herron. Herron closed with a 2-under 68 to match Johnson (67) at 12-under 268.

Both had long drives before settling for two-putt pars on the first playoff hole, the 433-yard No. 18. They then went to No. 17, where Johnson's approach was 25 feet short of the hole.

Rod Pampling, who won at Bay Hill in March and was in the final group with Herron, had his second straight even-par round since his career-best 63 Friday. He finished alone in third, two strokes back.

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