Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano didn't mind the foul weather. He birdied the second playoff hole to fend off Markus Brier for the win.
The win was the third in three years on the European Tour for Fernandez- Castano. He closed with a 7-under 65 to match Brier at 16-under. Brier shot 68 in the final round.
Both players were fortunate to get into a playoff as Nick Dougherty had run out to three-stroke lead after nine holes. However, he was done in by a pair of bogeys on the back nine.
For the second straight year, this event is being played opposite the Players Championship on the PGA TOUR. There is just one player ranked in the world top-50, No. 48 Robert Karlsson, in the field this week.
This will be the fifth straight year the tournament is held at the Arnold Palmer-designed Castello di Tolcinasco Golf & Country Club. Six of the last nine champions here have been first-time winners.
The GOLF CHANNEL will have just 90 minutes of action the first two days, then four hours of play on Saturday and Sunday.
The European Tour jumps to Ireland next week for the Irish Open, where native son Padraig Harrington won in a playoff last year.