Chopra Wins PGA Opener

Swede holds off Stricker on fourth extra hole of playoff
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2008 5:21 AM CST
Daniel Chopra, of Sweden, left, drops to his knees after missing a putt on the second playoff hole as Steve Stricker, right, walks to line up his putt at the Plantation Course during the final round of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Yesterday was not a bad day for Daniel Chopra. The 34-year-old Swede got to play golf in Hawaii, and win $1.1 million, a Mercedes-Benz sports car and a spot in the Masters by taking a playoff berth from Steve Stricker on the fourth extra hole of the PGA season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, AP reports.

"It's the best final round I've ever played to win a tournament," Chopra said after a 7-under 66 on the west coast of Maui. Chopra missed two putts within 12 feet on the 18th green that would have won the tournament. Stricker had birdied three of the final four holes to force the playoff.