PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. Steve Lowery had gone more than seven years and 199 tournaments without winning, a drought that would have continued Sunday at Pebble Beach if not for Vijay Singh's stunning collapse.
Three shots behind when he stood on the 15th tee, Lowery made up quick ground when Singh made three straight bogeys, then won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with a 7-foot birdie. At 47, he became the oldest winner in the 71-year history of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Lowery closed with a 4-under 68 and won for the third time in his career, all of them in playoffs. Singh recovered from his three bogeys with a wedge that stopped 2 feet away for birdie on the final hole for a 71 to force the playoff at 10-under 278.
But the Fijian's troubles only got worse playing the famous 18th hole at Pebble Beach a second time. His drive found a bunker to the right, and his second shot clipped the top of the bunker, leaving him 192 yards short of the green. A 4-iron for his third shot plugged into the side of another bunker, and he did well to blast out to 8 feet and make par. Lowery's birdie putt was good all the way, an amazing victory for a variety of reasons, least of all Singh's collapse.
Lowery was No. 305 in the world when he arrived on the Monterey Peninsula. He finished 148th on the money list last year because of a wrist injury, and was given eight tournaments to make $282,558 to keep his card for the rest of the year.
That's no longer a problem. Lowery earned $1.08 million and a two-year exemption.
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP: At Boca Raton, Fla., Scott Hoch won his second Champions Tour title, birdieing five of the final eight holes for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Brad Bryant and Bruce Lietzke in the Allianz Championship. Hoch, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour who also won the Champions Tour's 2007 FedEx Kinko's Classic, finished at 14-under 202 on The Old Course at Broken Sound. Bryant shot a 66, and Lietzke had a 68. Second-round leader Jerry Pate had a 73 to drop into a tie for ninth at 10 under.