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Playoff breaks PGA Tour season record

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SAN MARTIN, Calif. – In the first sudden-death playoff for both Briny Baird and Bryce Molder, the duo set a PGA Tour record reflecting parity.

Baird and Molder competed in the 17th playoff of the 2011 season, breaking the record of 16, done in 1988 and '91 - an era that, just as the current one does, lacked a dominant player.

At The Tour Championship last month, commissioner Tim Finchem marveled at how quickly the Tour reverted to a state of wide-open opportunity without Tiger Woods at his best.

'Anybody out here can win any given time,” Finchem said. “And it occurred to me that that's true, and so far the fans seem to really like it, and it'll be interesting to see what develops in that regard going forward.”

Coincidentally, both Baird and Molder shot 17 under in regulation, and the playoff began on CordeValle's 17th hole. The winner may want to consider playing 17 in the lottery.