Garcia Clinches Players Championship Win

By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 9:25 PM CDT
Sergio Garcia, of Spain, holds the winner's trophy after winning The Players Championship today in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Garcia won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.    (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
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(Newser) – Sergio Garcia ended the longest victory drought of his career today by making a clutch par putt to force a playoff, and then adding another par on the TPC Sawgrass' notorious island green 17th hole to defeat Paul Goydos in The Players Championship. Goydos, playing in the final group, missed a 15-foot par putt on the last hole for the win and closed with a 74.

Haunted by putting problems that kept him without a victory the past three years and 53 events on the U.S. golf tour, Garcia sunk a 45-foot birdie attempt on the 14th and a 7-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a 1-under 71. It was the first playoff at The Players since 1987. Garcia and Goydos finished at 5-under 283.