Garcia defeats Goosen in playoff
by Associated Press
SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) ? Sergio Garcia of Spain sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat South Africa's Retief Goosen and win the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.
Garcia and Goosen finished on 14-under-par 274 after four rounds. Fiji's Vijay Singh was third, three shots off the pace. Second-round leader Kenny Perry of the United States had a 75 in the final round, leaving him tied for fifth on 281 with countryman Jerry Kelly.
It was Garcia's first tournament victory since August 2002. The 23-year-old's best performance since then had been a tie for fourth in the 2003 Buick Classic.
Garcia was under pressure when Goosen landed an approach shot 10 feet from the pin. The Spaniard's shot veered more than 60 feet to the left.
However, Garcia's first putt placed him within three feet of the pin, while Goosen's birdie inched left.
"I didn't think Retief was going to miss that putt," said Garcia.
Garcia rifled his tee shot on the par-three 16th straight at the pin, while Goosen was left and long with his first putt coming up short.