Howell loses playoff to Gay
BY Associated Press
Monday, January 21, 2013
1/21/13 at 6:08 AM
Brian Gay won the Humana Challenge on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour title, beating Charles Howell III with a 5 1/2-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.
Gay closed with a 9-under 63 on PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course in La Quinta, Calif., to match Howell and Swedish rookie David Lingmerth at 25-under 263.
Howell, the former Oklahoma State star, shot a 64, and Lingmerth had a 62. Scott Stallings, five strokes ahead entering the round, bogeyed the final hole for a 70 to miss the playoff by a stroke.
Gay and Howell opened the playoff with birdies on the par-5 18th, and Lingmerth dropped out with a bogey. Gay won on the par-4 10th, hitting a perfect drive and putting his 145-yard second shot in good position below the hole.
Howell drove into the right rough, hit his second into the back bunker, blasted out to 15 feet and two-putted for bogey.
Cook beats Frost in playoff on Champions Tour: In Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii, John Cook caught David Frost on the final hole of regulation, then beat him with birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
Cook drained a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green. On the second playoff hole, Cook drained a 15-foot putt on the 17th green.
Donaldson overtakes Rose to win: In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jamie Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi Championship by one shot, with Justin Rose narrowly missing a birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff.
Rose's 8-foot putt rimmed out of the hole, giving the Welshman his second European Tour victory.