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Choi Defeats Toms In Playoff At TPC Sawgrass

K.J. Choi

K.J. Choi of South Korea celebrates making birdie on the 17th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 15, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – K.J. Choi made his first PGA Tour playoff experience a memorable one Sunday. He made par on the island-green 17th to win The Players Championship for his first tour win in three years.

David Toms won’t forget it, either.

Moments after Toms hit his best shot of the week from a divot in the 18th fairway and made an 18-foot birdie putt to force a playoff, he missed a 3 1/2-foot par putt in the playoff that cost him a chance at his first win in five years.

Choi closed with a 2-under 70 to become the fourth straight international player to win the PGA Tour’s biggest event. He had to make a par putt just inside 5 feet to get to the playoff, then watched Toms hand him the victory.

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