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Browne Callaway Invitational in playoff

Olin Browne sank a three-foot birdie putt to defeat Todd Barranger on the third playoff hole and win the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday.

Browne, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, began the day with a three-stroke lead over Luke Donald. Browne shot a final-round 71, but Barranger rallied from eight strokes back en route to a 9-under-par 63 at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Barranger, who underwent testicular cancer surgery six years ago, sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to move to 17-under-par 217.

Browne, playing three groups behind, chipped from close range to five feet on the 18th hole and then sank the putt to force the playoff.

``I birdied the first two holes, and I thought I was on my way to an uncomplicated day,'' said Browne, who earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse. ``But then I don't know what it was, the putter wasn't cooperating.''

The 30th annual event included players from the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Buy.com Tour as well as club pros and amateurs.

Browne, who finished 62nd on the money list during the 2001 season, last won on the PGA Tour two years ago at The Colonial. He advanced to 19-under par but bogeyed the 14th and 17th hole.

Browne and Barranger birdied the first playoff hole, then parred the second playoff hole. Browne then pitched close and sank the putt on the third playoff hole.

Barranger, who will play next week in the PGA Tour Qualifying School finals in West Palm Beach, Fla., shot a front-nine 28. He missed a 22-foot putt on the third playoff for a birdie.

``I just kind of had an easy day,'' Barranger said. ``I really didn't expect much, and so it didn't feel like I was doing anything that special.''

Brian Mogg (67), former tournament winner Kirk Triplett (67) and Bruce Summerhays (66), the leading Senior PGA Tour finisher, were one stroke behind the leading duo at 16-under-par 272

Paul Stankowski (70) finished alone at 273.

``I had a couple of loose putts, but I played better than I did in the final round of the AT&T,'' said Browne, who finished in a tie for third-place last February in the PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach.

Defending champion Kevin Sutherland (68) and JL Lewis (69) tied at 275.

Beth Bauer, who began the day tied for third three strokes behind, finished with a 72 and led the nine LPGA Tour entrants at 276.


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