Steve Lowery had gone more than seven years and 199 tournaments without winning, a drought that would have continued Sunday at Pebble Beach if not for a stunning collapse by Vijay Singh.
Three shots behind when he stood on the 15th tee, Lowery made up quick ground when Singh made three straight bogeys, then won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with a 7-foot birdie. At 47, he became the oldest winner in the 71-year history of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Lowery closed with 4-under 68 and won for the third time in his career, all in playoffs.
"I couldn't have given it any more in 18 holes," Lowery said. "I just told my caddie, 'I've got nothing to lose.' Just go out and play aggressive. If anything, it kind of freed me up a little."
Singh recovered from his three bogeys with a wedge that stopped 2 feet away for birdie on the final hole for 71 to force the playoff. Both players finished 10-under 278.
"I let this one slip away," said Singh, who on the playoff hole found two bunkers and did well to make par. "I was in control, but those (bogeys) took a little air out of me. I still should have won. There's no excuse for that."
Lowery earned $1.08-million and a two-year exemption. He was on a minor medical extension because of the wrist injury and was given eight tournaments to earn $282,558 to keep his card the rest of the year.
He was only exempt to opposite-field events in Mexico and Puerto Rico the next two months.
Now he's going to the Masters.
"After seven years and winning on this course against Vijay and everything ... it's probably the most special," Lowery said.
Dudley Hart, who started the final round tied with Singh, didn't make birdie until making three in a row at the end for par 72 to finish one shot out of the playoff. He tied for third with John Mallinger (65) and Corey Pavin (66).
Pebble Beach was the final tournament to qualify for the Match Play Championship, scheduled for Feb. 20-24 in Tucson, Ariz. Pat Perez shot 72 and tied for 24th to get in, moving up one spot to No. 65. With Ernie Els not playing, Perez will face Tiger Woods in the first round, provided no one withdraws.
"If I beat him, I'm a hero,'' Perez said. "If I don't, I'm not supposed to win."
CHAMPIONS: Scott Hoch, trailing by three with eight holes left, birdied five of the final holes for a one-shot win in the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Brad Bryant and Bruce Lietzke tied for second. "It wasn't looking good," said Hoch, who finished 14-under 202. "I just went back to basics instead of hitting shots according to conditions." Second-round leader Jerry Pate shot 73 and tied for ninth at 206.
EUROPEAN: Former caddie Shiv Chowrasia of India won the Indian Masters with 5-under-67 in New Delhi. He finished 9-under 279, two ahead of Ireland's Damien McGrane.
AUSTRALIAN LADIES: England's Lisa Hall won when Shin Hyun-ju missed a 3-foot par putt on the final hole in Gold Coast. Hall shot 6-under 66 to total 13-under 203. Karrie Webb, who entered in a three-way tie for the lead, hit poor tee shots and missed birdie putts over the closing holes, shooting 70 to finish fifth, three shots back.