January 20 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Turns out, four rounds wasn't enough to determine the winner of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
So we're off to a playoff between David Lingmerth, Charles Howell III and Brian Gay. Scott Stallings had started the final 18 holes with a five-stroke advantage but he missed the playoff when he hit his second shot at the par-5 18th hole into the water and wound up making bogey.
Gay missed an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole that as it ended up would have given him the lead alone. Howell had an 88-foot eagle putt but ended up three-putting for par to join Gay and Lingmerth at 25 under.
Lingerth birdied the 18th hole for his 62. Gay shot 63 and Howell, who was tied for second at the start of the day, had a 64.
Stallings had a chance to join the playoff even after bouncing off the rocks into the water. He chipped 9 feet by, though, and missed the putt.
"I just hit a bad shot at a bad time," Stallings said.
The playoff starts at the 18th hole and moves to No. 10 and back to the 18th, if necessary.
FIRST PLAYOFF HOLE: No. 18
All three players found the fairway off the tee.
Gay hit first and found the rough beside the green on the par 5.
Howell put his second shot cleanly on the putting surface about 20 feet from the pin.
Lingmerth, playing in just his second PGA TOUR event, hit his second shot well left into the water. He took his drop and came up short of the green.
Gay's third shot settled about 4 feet from the pin. Lingmerth was unable to hole his fifth shot.
Howell's eagle putt stopped about 2 feet short on a similar line to Gay's upcoming effort. Both players make their putts and head to the 10th hole.
SECOND PLAYOFF HOLE: No. 10
Gay finds the fairway off the tee while Howell is in the right rough, just over a pair of fairway bunkers.
Howell's second shot hits the green but goes into the back bunker. Gay's approach, on the other hand, settles 5 feet from the pin.
Howell blasts out about 12 feet past the hole. He misses the par putt, so now Gay has two putts to win.
Gay makes the birdie putt and wins for the first time in four years. The win is the fourth of Gay's career.