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PGA Tour Article
Wachovia championship

Sindelar clinches Wachovia in Playoff

After almost 14 years without a victory, Joey Sindelar claimed his seventh PGA Tour title this weekend at the Wachovia Championship.


Winner, Joey Sindelar, resting.
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He secured the win on the second hole of sudden death when Arron Oberholser, the overnight leader who was seeking his debut Tour win, failed to make his par on the sixteenth green at Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina. After taking a double bogey on the 10th hole, Sindelar came with a late run of consecutive birdies on 15,16 and 17 to finish with a final round 69 and a total of 277, eleven under par.
Eventual runner-up, Arron Oberholser, maintained at least a share of the lead throughout the final round and fired himself two strokes clear with three holes to play by making eagle on the par five 15th hole. However, the pressure was clearly too much and he squandered his lead by dropping shots on 16 and 17 before saving his par on 18 to get into the playoff. It's all good experience which no doubt he will put to use in the future.


Arron Oberholser. Photo - Getty Images

Meanwhile, his largest career payday of $604,800, almost as much as he earned in the whole of his 2003 rookie season, moved him up to 29th on this year's Money List with 2004 earnings of $938,749.


Tiger Woods. Photo - Getty Images

Tiger Woods notched up his first top-ten in his four starts since winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play back in February. His tied third place finish, just one shot behind the winner, came after posting a final round of 68 which gave him a ten under par total of 278.  Having started the day five shots behind Oberholser, he held the clubhouse lead for quite some time and looked like he was in with a chance of at least a playoff place.
Woods' third place prize money takes him into third position on the 2004 PGA Money List with $2,254,850 behind Singh and Mickelson who have over $4 million each.
Carlos Franco of Paraguay finished with a 70, his fourth sub-par round of the tournament to claim a share of third place with Woods. He almost got into the playoff but his thirty foot birdie putt on the final hole just caught the lip of the hole giving him a last round score of 70 for a 278 total.

Phil Mickelson shot a bogey-free, final day best round of 67 to make it 10 top-ten finishes (last five consecutive) from 11 starts in 2004. He finished on 279, two shots behind the winner, tied in fifth place with Steve Flesch, Notah Begay II and Jeff Maggert.


Carlos Franco reacts to missed putt
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Vijay Singh, second in this event last year, finished with a share of tenth place to extend his current run of consecutive top-tens to four and maintain his position at the top of this year's Money List.
 

 

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