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.