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Another international winner

 
 

K.J. Choi beat David Toms on the first playoff hole at the par-3 17th to win the Players Championship, easily the biggest victory in the South Korean's career.

It's Choi's eighth career PGA TOUR win and his first in three years. He moves to sixth in the latest FedEx Cup standings. Bubba Watson remains atop the points list.

Choi becomes the fourth consecutive international player to win the Players.

Sunday's playoff is the fourth consecutive week in which a US Tour event has gone to a playoff.

Toms forced the playoff with a clutch birdie putt at the tough par-4 18th. His drive found the middle of the fairway but landed in a sand divot, making for an awkward approach shot. But he landed the ball 17 feet, 2 inches from the pin, then drilled the birdie putt.

Choi, meanwhile, had to get up-and-down from the greenside rough to secure his par. His curled in his putt from 4 feet, 10 inches, having missed a few putts from similar length earlier in his round.

Luke Donald and Nick Watney, winners of the two World Golf Championships held earlier this year, both had their chances but could never really gain any momentum. Each shot a 1-under 71, settling for a tie for fourth. For Donald, it's his seventh consecutive top-10 finish of the year.

Sunday began with the completion of the third round, which had been stopped by darkness due to a 4-1/2 weather delay on Sunday. Graeme McDowell emerged as the 54-hole leader but had a nightmarish final round, giving way to Toms and Choi to decide the championship.

Player Score
The Players Championship Leaderboard
KJ Choi -13
David Toms -13
Paul Goydos -11
Luke Donald -10
Nick Watney -10
Jason Day -9
Hunter Mahan -9
JB Holmes -9
Alvaro Quiros -9
Jason Dufner -9
 


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