Dufner holds off Lingmerth to win CareerBuilder

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There was plenty of drama – and a little overtime – in the California desert, where Jason Dufner held off a late rally from David Lingmerth for his first win in more than two years. Here's how things ended up in Palm Springs, where Dufner won in a playoff:

Leaderboard: Jason Dufner (-25, won on second extra hole), David Lingmerth (-25), Phil Mickelson (-21), Andrew Loupe (-21), Kevin Na (-21), Luke List (-20), Jamie Lovemark (-20)

What it means: Dufner started the day with a two-shot lead, but got off to a slow start and watched as others quickly caught up. Regulation ended with Dufner and Lingmerth tied atop the standings, but after a clutch par save to force a second extra hole Dufner watched as Lingmerth's approach on his 20th hole of the day found the water. The victory is Dufner's fourth of his career, but his first since the 2013 PGA Championship.

Round of the day: Lingmerth has a history with this event, having fired a final-round 62 to sneak into a playoff in 2013, and he again found the late magic with a closing 65 in Palm Springs. The Swede carded seven birdies without dropping a shot, including four birdies in a six-hole stretch from Nos. 11-16.

Best of the rest: Brian Harman had the early makings of a 59 watch after a hot front nine, but despite cooling off still posted a 65. Harman birdied seven holes in an eight-hole stretch from Nos. 2-9, including four in a row on Nos. 2-6, before closing his round with nine straight pars to finish tied for 11th.

Biggest disappointment: Ryan Palmer appeared poised to make a run at Dufner, but the veteran never got anything going Sunday. With a double bogey and three bogeys, he carded a 1-over 73 in the final round to drop back into a tie for 17th. 

Shot of the day: Dufner appeared to be in a rough spot after his tee shot on the 17th hole found the rocks, but he was able to play the ball from the hazard. The resulting chip shot tracked the whole way before hitting the flagstick, leaving him a tap-in par that kept his chances alive.

Quote of the day: “This is the best tour in the world, so for me to win this week I feel like I was one of the best players in the world this week." - Dufner