Comeback win for Weir

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  • Tuesday, 25 Feb 2003

LOS ANGELES: Mike Weir sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff to cap a dramatic comeback and beat American Charles Howell on Sunday at the US$4.5 million PGA Nissan Open. 

“It was just my day,” said Weir, who is the leading money earner on the tour this season at US$2.02 million. “I would love to be able to play that well all the time. I know it is not going to happen but I would love it if it did.” 

Both players returned to the par-four 18th for the playoff and made par before the lefthanded Weir won it at the second extra hole – the 315-yard par-four 10th. 

The 32-year-old Canadian drove his tee shot to 74m from the hole then chipped onto the green. He one-putted leaving Howell with a six-foot putt and a chance to send the playoff to a third hole. 

Howell missed the putt, giving Weir his fifth career PGA win and US$810,000 top prize. 

“I was comfortable playing today. Obviously, I didn't play as well as I would have liked to or as well as the previous three days.  

“But yeah, the finish sucked,” said the 23-year-old Howell, who started the day as the 54-hole leader in a tournament for the first time in his career. 

Starting the day seven shots behind Howell, Weir carded a five-under 66 while Howell shot a 73. They finished two strokes ahead of Zimbabwe's Nick Price and American Fred Funk. 

Sharing fifth was Tiger Woods and South Korea's K.J. Choi who finished the 72-hole event at six-under 278, three strokes back of Weir. 

Weir won the Bob Hope Classic earlier this month, giving him two victories in the 2003 season so far. Both his wins have been in come-from-behind fashion. 

“It has been a dream start to the season and hopefully I can keep it going,” said Weir. – AFP  

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