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Haig wins first European Tour tourney

PHUKET, Thailand, March 4 (UPI) -- Anton Haig birdied the 18th hole to get into a playoff Sunday and then birdied it again in sudden death to win the Johnnie Walker Classic in Phuket, Thailand.

It was Haig's first victory on the European Tour.

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Haig was trailing Richard Sterne and Oliver Wilson by a shot as he played the final hole of regulation, and rolled in a birdie putt to shoot a 2-under 70 for a 72-hole total of 13-under 275.

Neither Sterne nor Wilson could match Haig's birdie, leaving the three players tied for the top spot.

They played the par-4 18th again as the first hole of sudden death, and Haig put his second shot to within 10 feet before holing the winning putt.

Sterne, who shot 64 on both Friday and Saturday to take the lead, had a 72 Sunday. Wilson fired a closing 71.

Retief Goosen finished alone in fourth at 278 while Mike Weir was at 279. Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie shared sixth place at 280.

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