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Garcia wins another playoff

A 7-foot birdie putt lifts him over pair of opponents

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Sergio Garcia reacts as he makes a putt to win the Buick Classic golf tournament playoff Sunday.

Sergio Garcia reacts as he makes a putt to win the Buick Classic golf tournament playoff Sunday.

Gregory Bull, Associated Press

HARRISON, N.Y. — Sergio Garcia won a three-man playoff for the second time in five weeks Sunday, holing a 7-foot birdie putt to beat Rory Sabbatini on the third extra hole in the Buick Classic.

Padraig Harrington was eliminated on the second extra hole in the seventh playoff in the last 12 years on the Westchester Country Club course.

Garcia, who beat Dudley Hart and Robert Damron last month on the first playoff hole in the Byron Nelson Championship, earned $945,000 for his fifth PGA Tour victory and second on the hilly, tree-lined course.

The 24-year-old Spanish star set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th hole with a 90-yard wedge shot, after Sabbatini left his 70-yard third shot 21 feet short of the hole. Sabbatini's putt finished 3 feet from the hole, setting the stage for Garcia in the final event before the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

Garcia had a 14 1/2-foot birdie putt for the victory on the second playoff hole — the par-4 17th — but ran it 3 feet past, and settled for par. Sabbatini hit his approach shot into the back fringe and chipped to 2 1/2 feet to set up his par.

Harrington, an eight-time winner on the European tour who is winless on the PGA Tour, dropped out with a bogey on the second playoff hole. The Irishman missed a chance to win on the first extra hole — the 18th — when his 7 1/2-foot birdie putt slid by the right side of the cup.

All three players birdied the 18th in regulation to finish at 12-under 272, and top a field that featured 25 of the top 30 players on the money list.

Garcia was the first to reach 12 under, finishing off his second straight 4-under 67 with a 4 1/2-foot birdie putt.

Harrington, playing directly behind Garcia in the second-to-last group, holed a 16-foot birdie chip from the right fringe for his fourth 68. Sabbatini, in the final threesome, followed with a 7-foot putt for his second consecutive 70.

Sabbatini, a 28-year-old South African who played at the University of Arizona, was seeking his third PGA Tour victory. He won the 2000 Air Canada Championship and 2003 FBR Capital Open, and teamed with Trevor Immelman to win the 2003 World Cup.

DOYLE WINS CHAMPIONS EVENT: At Parkville, Mo., Allen Doyle won the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am on Sunday after rain canceled the final round of the event.

Significant showers overnight made the course unplayable Sunday, and officials decided to shorten the tournament to 36 holes.

Doyle finished at 13-under 131 for his first Champions Tour victory of the season and first since winning the Fleet Boston Classic in August. Jerry Pate, who matched the course record with a 7-under 65 Saturday, was second at 12 under.

Andy Bean, Mark James, Bob Gilder and David Eger finished four shots back.