Archive for Monday, January 7, 2008

Chopra wins in a playoff

January 7, 2008


— A long, nail-biting start to the PGA Tour finally ended as the sun dipped below the Pacific's horizon when Daniel Chopra two-putted for birdie on the par-5 ninth to beat Steve Stricker in four extra holes at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Chopra, who only qualified for this winners-only tournament with his first PGA Tour victory in the second-to-last event of last year, closed with a 7-under 66 and walked off with a number of prizes.

The Swede earned $1.1 million and a Mercedes-Benz sports car. And his victory earned him his first trip to the Masters.

"I get to go to Augusta, my lifelong dream," Chopra said.

Stricker also had a birdie putt that grazed the lip on the third playoff hole, but on the next hole, he pulled his fairway metal on his approach to the par-5 ninth, chipped 15 feet by the cup and missed the putt that would have sent them to the 18th for a third time.


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