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Bubba Watson lands Zurich Classic title in playoff

AFP, NEW ORLEANS

Bubba Watson claimed his second USPGA Tour title of this year on Sunday, edging Webb Simpson at the second hole of sudden death to win the Zurich Classic.

“My wife, my caddie and my trainer would say my attitude’s in the right spot,” Watson said. “This week, I won [by] not getting down on bad shots, just staying focused on what I’m supposed to be doing.”

Watson holed a three-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole, adding the title to the Farmers Insurance crown he claimed at Torrey Pines in January.

Watson’s 329-yard tee shot had narrowly missed the water, landing in a slim bunker between the fairway and the water.

Watson hit his second shot from the bunker 210 yards to the front of the green on the par-5 18th at TPC Louisiana.

Simpson’s second shot landed in a greenside bunker. He blasted out to 12 feet and missed his birdie attempt, leaving Watson to hole out for the win.

Simpson remained in search of his first USPGA Tour title.

He lost the lead after an unusual one-stroke penalty on 15, when his ball moved as he addressed it on the green.

Simpson and Watson shared the overnight lead and both carded final-round three-under-par 69s to finish on 15-under 273.

They returned to 18th for the playoff and both birdied the first extra hole.

With the victory, Watson earns US$1.152 million. He is also expected to jump from 16th to 10th in the world rankings.

South Korea’s K.J. Choi carded a 69 and was among a group of three players sharing third on 275. He was joined by Jason Dufner, who carded a 66, and Tommy Gainey, who posted a 69.

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