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David Duval wins Dunlop Phoenix

David Duval frittered away a six-shot lead over the final six holes before winning the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in a playoff on Sunday.

Duval made a four-putt double bogey at the 17th hole, before parring the last hole to shoot 2-under-par 69 and tie Taichi Teshima, who shot a 65.

They finished at 15-under 269, five strokes ahead of last year's champion, Shingo Katayama, and Scott Laycock.

Duval, the British Open champion, won the playoff at the first extra hole, the par-5 18th, where he almost holed a bunker shot from 60 feet before tapping in for birdie.

``It was very important for me to come over here and win on foreign soil,'' said Duval, who will team with Tiger Woods at the World Cup starting in Gotemba on Thursday. ``It was a little ugly at the end but I won.''

Duval bogeyed the 14th hole, and after Teshima -- playing ahead -- birdied three straight holes starting at the 14th.

Duval still appeared in control until the par-3 17th, where his tee shot stopped 35 feet from the hole.

He hit his first putt too softly, leaving himself a tricky, downhill 5-footer to save par, which he failed to hole. He then missed a 3-footer coming back up the hill.

Duval still had a chance to win in regulation, but missed a downhill 12-foot putt on his final hole.

Returning to the 18th for the playoff, Duval's drive found the fairway, from where he hit a 3-iron into a greenside bunker.

Teshima's drive, meanwhile, stopped next to a tree, leaving him with a severely restricted backswing. He could only advance the ball about 100 yards, and his third shot found the same bunker as Duval.


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