Sandy Lyle, given second life when Ken Green three-putted the 72nd hole, won the Greater Greensboro Open with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday.
The victory was Lyle's second on the American PGA Tour this season, stamped him a prime candidate for next week's Masters and made him the first Scot in history to lead the American money-winning list.
Lyle's fourth American triumph in three seasons was worth $180,000 from thetotal purse of $1 million and gave him a leading $408,021 for the season.
The burly Scot, a former British Open champion, won the Phoenix Open earlier this season and joined Steve Pate as the only two-time winner of the young season.
Lyle, three shots clear of the field when the day's play started, was one shot back when he and Green went to the last hole of regulation play.
Lyle's approach ran through the green to the rough behind the putting surface. Green put his second shot some 20-25 feet from the pin.
Green's first putt came up about two feet short. Lyle, apparently needing to hole his chip to have a chance, hit the cup and watched the ball bounce out.
But Green missed the little putt that would have won it and the playoff was on.
Both drove the fairway on the extra hole, but Green pulled his approach left of the left bunker. Lyle played to about 10 feet. Green chipped over the bunker to about three feet, but Lyle dropped his putt for the winner.
Lyle matched par 72 over the last round, finishing with a 271 total, 17- under par on the Forest Oaks Country Club course.
Green was five shots back starting the round and still trailed by four at the turn. But he made up four shots on the next four holes, went in front alone with a 27-foot birdie putt on the 17th, then let it get away on the 18th.
He finished with a 67 - by two shots the best score of the cloudy, drizzly, sometimes showery day - and also was 17-under par.
Jeff Sluman, in second place when the day's play started, had a share of the lead after six holes but finished with a 71 and missed the playoff by two shots at 273.
Scott Hoch was next at 72-278 and was followed by Dr. Gil Morgan, 72-279.
No one else was within 10 shots of the leaders.