Vijay Singh, a newcomer to the American tour from Fiji, birdied the third extra hole in a playoff with Mark Wiebe Sunday to win the PGA's Buick Classic.
Singh's winner was set up by a brilliant approach shot that hit the left portion of the green, ran to the back, then caught a slope and trickled down to within four feet of the flag.
Wiebe, who birdied the last two holes of regulation to force a playoff, two-putted from about 35 feet below the hole. Singh sank his birdie putt for his first American triumph and 14th around the world.
"Coming here from Europe, I thought it would be very difficult to win in America," Singh said. "I think this came a little bit early."
But it didn't come easily.
Singh, 30, was making his 11th start in the United States this year. He survived a shaky finish in regulation and a scare on the first playoff hole, where Wiebe missed an 8-foot putt that would have won it.
Wiebe, whose last victory came in 1986, and Singh each played the last 18 holes in 66 and completed four trips over the Westchester Country Club course in 4-under-par 280. It was by three shots the highest winning total in the tournament's 27-year history.
Defending champion David Frost and third-round co-leader Lee Janzen finished at 281. Frost birdied the last three holes for a 66 and Janzen, who led by three, shot 72.
Tom Lehman (68) and Mike Smith (69) were at 282. Chip Beck, Payne Stewart and Bob Gilder (283) were the only others to break par. Co-leader Duffy Waldorf shot 75_284.
Stockton wins Seniors
BELTON, Mo. _ Dave Stockton made a 4-foot par putt on No.
18 and won the Southwestern Bell Seniors Classic when Walt Zembriski pushed his par putt to the right moments later from almost the same spot.
Stockton shot 1-over-par 71 and had a 54-hole total of 6-under 204. Zembriski, who held a one-shot lead with Stockton after the second round, had a 72 and 205.
Larry Mowry shot a 66 and tied Zembriski for second. George Archer and defending champion Gibby Gilbert were another stroke back.