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Stricker wins Colonial on second playoff hole

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Steve Stricker has all sorts of top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season. Now he has the best one, too.

Stricker birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Tim Clark and Steve Marino and win the Crowne Plaza Invitational. It was his first title after being second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh at other tournaments this year.

Clark, who has won the most money ($12.7 million) without winning a tournament in PGA Tour history, blew a two-shot lead with five holes left, including a bogey on No. 18 that forced the playoff. He also missed a short putt that would’ve won it on the first hole of the playoff.

On the second hole, Stricker put his approach within a few feet and Clark almost matched it — but his approach hit the stick and rolled more than 20 feet away. He missed his birdie try and Stricker made his for his fifth career victory.

Clark was left with his seventh runner-up finish, including this tournament last year.