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The 2011 Players Championship: K.J. Choi Defeats David Toms in Sudden Death Playoff, Wins Players Championship

After a grueling Sunday that saw the majority of the field having to finish their third rounds in the morning, K.J. Choi outlasted the entire field in exciting fashion, eventually taking the 2011 Players Championship in a sudden death playoff.

David Toms bogeyed the first hole of sudden death, the dangerous par 3 17th, with an unfortunate three putt while Choi made an easy par to take home the title. Toms was leading the majority of the day heading into the par 5 16th, but put his second shot in the water that eventually lead to a bogey as well. Choi shot a final round -5 67 to get the job done, while Toms shot a -1 par 71, including a birdie on the 72nd hole to force the playoff.

The day began with Graeme McDowell atop the leaderboard, but he began to lose his focus towards the end of his front nine in a big way. He eventually finished the day with 6 bogeys and a double, and unfortunate final round 79 on the scorecard. Paul Goydos also made a gutsy charge on Sunday, carding back-to-back 69’s to get him to -11 for the tournament, alone in third place.

Sacramento native and Fresno State Alum Nick Watney finsihed T4 at -10 while his fellow Sacramentan Spencer Levin finished T12 at -8 par. UC Berkeley Alumni Charlie Wi shot a 75 in his final round to drop to -3 for the week.

Full leaderboard can be found here.

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