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Huh Wins Mayakoba Classic in eight Hole Playoff; Summerhays Finishes Fifth
PGA Tour rookie John Huh shot a final round eight under par 65 at the Mayakoba Classic and but sitting in the clubhouse it looked like it wasn’t going to good enough to win the tournament. Robert Allenby went onto the last hole with a two-stroke cushion, but he double bogeyed the hole and was forced into a playoff with Huh.
The playoff went eight holes before Huh finally won with a par just before dark. Huh parred all eight holes in the playoff that matched the second-longest in PGA TOUR history.
“It’s amazing,” Huh said. “It’s my rookie year, especially, and playing in my fifth event on the PGA TOUR. I just couldn’t put it in words. … It’s really hard to explain this. It’s major. I mean, it was my dream.”
The playoff fell three holes short of the PGA TOUR record of 11 set in the 1949 Motor City Open when Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum were declared co-winners. The playoff was the fifth to go eight holes and first since the 1983 Phoenix Open.
Daniel Summerhays, who led by two going into the final round, got off to a shaky start in the lead evaporate quickly. After making five bogeys on the front nine, three more than he had made the entire tournament, he steadied the ship and carded four birdies on the back nine to post a two over par 73 and a 10-under par score for the tournament. It was three short of what he needed to win the title and was good for a tie for fifth place and a check of more than $100,000.