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Watson beats Simpson in playoff for New Orleans Classic
May 1, 2011 / 10:53 PM / 6 years ago

Watson beats Simpson in playoff for New Orleans Classic

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Bubba Watson maintained ice-cool composure to clinch his third PGA Tour title in a gripping playoff with fellow American Webb Simpson at the New Orleans Classic on Sunday.

After both players birdied the first extra hole, Watson sealed victory with a four-foot birdie putt at the second extra hole where Simpson missed his attempt from 12 feet.

Left-hander Watson pumped his fist in celebration after his winning putt dropped into the cup before shaking hands with Simpson and then being embraced by his wife.

The pair had finished the 72 regulation holes on 15-under-par 273 after closing with matching three-under 69s when Watson narrowly missed a birdie putt from nine feet at the par-five 18th.

Jason Dufner birdied the last for a best-of-the-day 66 to tie for third at 13 under, level with fellow American Tommy Gainey (69) and South Korea’s K.J. Choi (69).

Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Keating

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