Brad Faxon claims first win since 2001

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Brad Faxon sank a short birdie putt on the first playoff hole to take the Buick Open in Cromwell, Connecticut by a single shot from Tjaart van der Waalt.

Brad Faxon claims first win since 2001

Connecticut:

Brad Faxon sank a short birdie putt on the first playoff hole to take the Buick Open in Cromwell, Connecticut by a single shot from Tjaart van der Waalt on Sunday. It was the American's first victory since 2001. Third-round leader Justin Rose finished in third place at 13-under. Justin Rose had held the lead after three rounds, but faltered on the day that really mattered. However he did still make some outstanding shots, such as this play from the bunker on the 15th hole. Rose then took advantage of that fine shot from the sand, and birdied the 15th to go to 12-under par, still within striking distance of the lead. But Faxon was steady all day long, and when he sank a short par putt on the 18th hole, he had tied the course record with a 61. Former British Open champion Ben Curtis valiantly tried for the lead. He made birdie on the 16th hole and lowered his score to 12-under par. Winning stroke As Faxon watched and waited for a potential playoff, Tjaart van der Waalt made an excellent approach on the final hole, and then tied for the lead with a birdie. He and Faxon were then tied at 14-under par. Van der Walt shot a 64. So all Faxon had to do to win the tournament was sink that very short, very easy birdie putt. It was Faxon's first victory on the PGA Tour in his last 125 tournaments. His last previous victory came in 2001. Faxon, who made the 36-hole cut on the number, stayed close to home for his eighth PGA Tour victory, earning a 774,000 US dollar pay cheque. The Rhode Islander has been a mainstay at this New England tournament, appearing 22 times. His best finish had been an eighth in 1996. (AP)

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