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Vegas nails title in bizarre playoff finish

LA QUINTA, California – Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas sunk a dramatic 10-foot par putt on the second playoff hole after finding water off the tee to win his first US PGA title Sunday at the 90-hole Bob Hope Classic.

Vegas captured the $990,000 top prize at the $5 million event and became the first Venezuelan to win a US PGA title, earning a two-year tour exemption and an invitation to the Masters in April.

“This is a dream come true,” Vegas said. “Making it happen is something else.”

Vegas raised a Venezuelan flag over his head to the cheers of the crowd moments after his tension-packed putt on the 10th hole ousted American Gary Woodland one hole after both men eliminated reigning champion Bill Haas.

The South American missed a nine-foot par putt on the 18th hole in regulation for his only bogey of the fifth round to set up the playoff.  

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