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Beckman wins playoff to take second career PGA title

Beckman wins playoff to take second career PGA title

Cameron Beckman made a par putt on the second playoff hole to defeat fellow American Kevin Sutherland here Sunday to win the five million-dollar Frys.com Open for his second career PGA title.
Beckman fired a final-round seven-under par 63 to finish 72 holes level with Sutherland on 18-under 262. Each parred the 18th, the first playoff hole, but Beckman claimed the 900,000-dollar top prize by parring the 17th hole.
"I had the go-for-it attitude going," Beckman said. "What difference does it make? I had nothing to lose. I mean, that's kind of just what I carried with me all day was just let's try to win the tournament. Fortunately I did."
Beckman's other PGA title came in 2001 at Madison, Mississippi. He denied Sutherland his first title in 181 starts since his victory at the 2002 World Golf Championships Match-Play Championship.
Sutherland missed a 13-foot birdie putt on the 18th in the playoff for the win. On the next hole, Sutherland needed four shots to reach the green. Beckman hit his approach to 6 1/2 feet and two-putted to win.
"I'm a little surprised," Beckman said. "I had back problems. I had to skip eight weeks, and it has just been a tough year. "I honestly was thinking about quitting the game. That's how bad I felt.
"I can't explain to you how good I feel right now. I don't know what it was and why I did it but I just felt good all day and it happened."
Australian Mathew Goggin was third on 263 after his second 63 in three rounds on Sunday. Canada's Mike Weir, the 2007 Frys winner, shared fourth on 266 with Americans Arron Oberholser and J.J. Henry.
Aussies Steve Allan and Michael Sim were on 167 along with Americans Pat Perez and Paul Goydos.
Sutherland, who began the day with a one-stroke lead, birdied three holes in a row starting at the sixth and added more at 12 and to stay atop the field.
But Sutherland's first bogey in 53 holes came at the par-3 16th, dropping him into a tie for the lead with Beckman, and Sutherland's 12-foot birdie putt at the 17th and 13-footer for birdie at 18 each missed just right of the cup.
"The bogey on 16 hurt but Cameron played really well," Sutherland said. "I had a couple putts to win that - the one in regulation, I hit it on-line, I just didn't hit it hard enough and then I pulled the one in the playoff."
Beckman fired a 63 highlighted by two runs of three birdies in a row, the first starting at the ninth and the other from the 14th through 16th holes, putting himself in position to capitalize on Sutherland's bogey at 16.
Goggin went two-under on the front nine and made a late run as well with birdies at 11, 14, 15, 17 and 18 but could not catch the leaders.
Allan made back-to-back birdies at the second and third and another at the sixth but a bogey at seven set him back.
The Aussie charged into the hunt with birdies at 14 and 15 but a bogey at the 17th and finding the water with his second shot at 18 ended his hopes and damaged his chances of keeping his US PGA playing rights for 2009.