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Woods got up and down on the third hole of sudden death. The par proved good enough for victory, as Montgomerie's approach shot from a poor lie in a fairway bunker went wet.
Woods became the first man in tournament history to successfully defend his title. The win was his fifth on the European Tour ' not including major championships ' and added another $410,222 to his ever-growing bank account.
Tiger talks about his win
Justin Rose shot 5-under 67 to finish third, at 19-under.
Woods (68) and Montgomerie (69) each finished regulation at 20-under-par 268. Playing only the 443-yard, par-4 18th in the extra session, it took three go-arounds to determine a winner.
Woods made a 10-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to force sudden death. He then lipped out a 12-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole that would have won the tournament.
Both men parred the second extra session, after each missed the green long. Tiger missed chipping in for victory by mere inches.
The third time around, Montgomerie's tee shot landed near the lip in a left fairway bunker. Even with Tiger having again failed to reach the putting surface, Montgomerie went for the green, only to find the water guarding the right-hand side.
Woods chipped to two feet and tapped in for his third Deutsche Bank win (1999).
Showing no signs of intimidation, Montgomerie birdied his first three holes out of the gate Monday. The quick flurry of putting jabs gave the 38-year-old Scot a two-shot lead over his 26-year-old American counterpart. Thats because Woods hit the green in two on the par-5 third, and rolled home the 20-foot eagle putt.
A Montgomerie bogey at the fourth cut the lead to one, where it stayed as both men parred the remaining five holes on the outward half.
Woods tied for the top spot by sticking his approach on the par-4 10th to eight feet and converting the birdie.
Both men birdied the par-5 12th. Tigers second shot went just beyond the putting surface. He chipped three feet past, but made the comebacker to get to 20-under. Montgomerie took the safer route, laying up and sticking his third to four feet.
Woods took his first lead of the tournament on the next hole. He made par on the 178-yard, par-3 13th, while Colin made bogey. Again playing cautiously, Montgomerie rifled his tee shot well right of the water protecting the left of the green. Some 60 feet from the hole, his lag putt rolled dead six feet short. His par save then gave out on the left edge of the cup.
The one-shot differential stayed intact until the par-4 15th. Woods hit his approach shot 20 feet below the hole, while Montgomerie stuck his inside of that. After Tigers birdie effort stubbornly stayed out, Colin's fell in center-cut from 15 feet.
Woods had a chance to regain outright command at the 16th, only to misjudge a 12-footer. Neither man birdied the par-5 17th, leaving the 18th to determine a winner.
Both Woods and Montgomerie missed the green with their approach shots at 18. Montgomerie pitched nicely to gimme range, as Tiger chipped 10 feet past the hole. But as he so often does, Woods nailed the playoff-forcing putt.
'I just said 'You know what, you've been putting well, just stay committed to it - if it goes in, it goes in, if it doesn't, it doesn't,'' said Woods, who narrowly missed countless putts throughout the final round.
Woods has now won all three times he has played this event at St. Leon-Rot. However, it is undecided as to whether or not he will be back to defend his title again next year. The PGA Tour's Verizon Byron Nelson Classic, in which Tiger annually competes, is scheduled the same week in 2003.
'Heidelberg's been great to me, I'd just love to come back,' he said without giving a definitive answer.
For Montgomerie, the defeat was visibly disappointing, but the performance was nonetheless impressive. With his prime in his past, he more than held his own against the present - and future - of golf.
Even more arresting was the fact that Montgomerie, who was using his new caddie for the first time this week, was battling a bad back. He was on twice-daily painkillers throughout the week, and twice needed on-course treatment in round three to alleviate the pain.
In the circumstances, I am very proud to have gone out there and shot 69 today, Montgomerie said. This morning I was about to pull out. I couldnt play. I was very close when I was on the range.
In the play-off, my back was getting far too sore and thats why I was hooking it. But it was good for the TPC of Europe and it was good for the sponsors. It is good for The European Tour to be broadcast this way and in America on The Golf Channel ' it is good to see our tour in this light.'
Both competitors will next head to very familar, and very prosperous venues.
Montgomerie ventures to Surrey, England for the Volvo PGA Championship - a tournament he won 1998-2000 - where he will try to extend his nine-year winning streak on tour.
Woods will travel back Stateside to compete in the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, where he is the three-time defending champion.
Final results from the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.
Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.
“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.
“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”
Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.
After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.
Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.
Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.
Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.
Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.
The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.
John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.
Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years
Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.
He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.
How rare is his missing the cut there?
The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.
The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.
The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.
Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.
Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.
Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur
Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.
The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.
They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.
It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.
“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”
The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.
The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.