Dufner wins title in playoff at La Quinta

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Posted: Jan 24, 2016 8:04 PM

(Reuters) - American Jason Dufner clinched his fourth PGA Tour title, but his first in more than two years, with a nerve-jangling playoff victory over Swede David Lingmerth at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California on Sunday.

Lingmerth's bid for a second career win on the circuit ended with a splash and a double-bogey at the second extra hole, the par-four 18th, after he hit his approach into water while Dufner safely two-putted from long range for a decisive par.

The duo had finished the 72 regulation holes at 25-under 263 after a wildly fluctuating final round where four players held at least a share of the lead.

Dufner narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt at the last before carding a two-under 70 while Lingmerth carded a bogey-free 65 at PGA West's TPC Stadium Course.

Twice former champion Phil Mickelson, competing in his first event since last October's Presidents Cup, closed with a 68 to share third place at 21 under with fellow Americans Andrew Loupe (68) and Kevin Na (68).

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Andrew Both)