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July 31 2011

9:47 PM

Three to start playoff

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – A year ago, it took a 59 to win The Greenbrier Classic. The excitement has continued on Sunday as Bob Estes, Scott Stallings and Bill Haas embark on a playoff to decide the champion.

The playoff will begin on the par-3 18th, then move to the par-5 17th and back to No. 18, if necessary.

Estes, who has battled wrist injuries and missed the cut in five of his six starts this year, finished at 10 under first. He shot a bogey-free 65 in the final round and rolled in birdie putts of 4 and 15 feet on his last two holes.

Estes is a three-time PGA TOUR winner. His last victory came at the 2002 Kemper Open, which was 223 starts ago.

Haas, who picked up his first two PGA TOUR victories last year, closed with a 67. He bogeyed the 15th hole but came back with a clutch 10-footer for  birdie at the 17th hole to tie with Estes.

Stallings was at 10 under, as well, until he hit his tee shot in the hazard at the 17th hole and went on to make bogey. But the rookie came up with a pressure-packed 5-footer for a birdie at the 18th to rejoin the fray.

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