Westwood ended regulation play at 10 under, three strokes behind leader Robert Garrigus. However, victory slipped through Garrigus’ fingers as he triple-bogeyed the 18th hole to create an improbable three-way playoff with Westwood and Robert Karlsson of Sweden.
While Garrigus was eliminated at the first extra hole, Westwood and Karlsson went par-par-bogey until they returned to the 18th once again. Westwood hit a brilliant approach shot six feet from the pin, while Karlsson’s birdie putt from 43 feet away fell about a foot short.
Then Westwood rolled in the six-footer to become the first European to win the St. Jude Classic, which also marked Westwood’s second career PGA victory.
All this comes after a rather unfortunate incident in April when the tournament director denied Westwood a sponsor’s exemption to play because of his UPS sponsorship and the tournament’s long association with UPS competitor FedEx, which is based in Memphis. Thankfully, logic and fair play prevailed and Westwood was given the opportunity to demonstrate why he’s the third ranking professional golfer in the world today.
Now it’s on to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Good luck, Lee!
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