Canizares Earns Maiden Title in Marathon Playoff

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Jose Maria Canizares birdied the ninth playoff hole on Sunday to defeat Gil Morgan and capture the Toshiba Senior Classic. The pair finished the tournament tied at 11-under 202.

Canizares earned his first victory on the Senior Tour as he posted a 4-under 67 in Sunday's final round.
 
'This is the longest playoff I have ever been in,' Caizares said. 'I think my longest playoff was six holes. You get tired when it is this long.'
 
Canizares had to sink a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole in regulation, a par-five, to force the playoff with Morgan, who shot up the leaderboard with a 7-under 64 on Sunday in Newport Beach, Calif.
 
The 54-year old Spaniard missed several chances earlier in the playoff before sinking the 24-foot winning putt worth $210,000.
 
Morgan missed his birdie attempt on the ninth playoff hole from 40 feet out, leaving it short about 6 feet. Caizares then followed with his winning putt.
 
'It is very nice to win because I am playing with some of the best players in the world,' Caizares said. 'And in golf you have 18 holes, so I think you always think you have a chance to win.'
 
Defending champion Allen Doyle finished alone in third at 10-under while Hale Irwin, Dave Stockton and John Bland shared fourth at 9-under-par.
 
Terry Mauney, the overnight leader, struggled badly on Sunday as he carded a 6-over 77 and tied for 10th at 6-under 207.
 
See Full-Field scores from the Toshiba Senior Classic here.