20 Feb 2012

Haas wins PGA Tour event in three-man playoff

3:09 pm on 20 February 2012

FedEx Cup golf champion Bill Haas beat major winners Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in a sudden-death playoff to win the latest US PGA Tour Open in California this morning.

Haas drained a 43-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to see off his American countrymen and take home the $1.4 million NZ dollar winner's cheque.

Earlier, he shot a two-under 69 on the final day to finish at seven-under.

A birdie on the second last hole ensured Haas posted the clubhouse lead, leaving a nervous wait as Mickelson and Bradley played the 18th just one back.

In true Hollywood fashion, Mickelson sank a 27-foot birdie from the fringe and Bradley slid his 13-foot birdie effort into the hole to set up a three-way extra holes battle.

All three players parred the first extra hole, the 18th, before Haas claimed victory at the next hole, the 10th, leaving Mickelson and Bradley tied second.