Choi Beats Toms in Players Championship Playoff

K.J. Choi ended a three-year dry spell on the PGA Tour on Sunday when he captured The Players Championship on the first playoff hole at the famed TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Choi, who had never won on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Sony Open in Hawaii, landed his second shot inside 3 feet on the notorious par-3 17th hole, then watched David Toms bungle his par putt from 3 1/2 feet. Choi tapped in for par to secure the biggest win of his career. The 40-year-old South Korean took $1.71 million for the victory that could push him up to no.15 in the world when the next rankings come out.

Choi and Toms had 2-under 70s in the fourth round to finish tied for first at 13-under 275 and force the extra hole. Toms, whose last PGA win, incidentally, also came at the Sony Open in Hawaii five years ago, had the upper hand in the playoff after landing his approach shot 18 feet from the hole. The 44-year-old American would, however, miscalculate his par putt to surrender the win to Choi. “It was just a bad putt. No excuses, no spike marks, no ball marks, no nothing. Maybe a lot of pressure. But other than that, there was no excuse,” said a disappointed Toms.