Date: January 10, 2008

Swede seals the deal in play-off

Swede Daniel Chopra has won the Mercedes-Benz Championship after coming out on top in a dramatic playoff. Aaron Baddeley, the only Australian in the 31-man field, carded an impressive six-under par final round of 67 to finish back in equal twelfth position. Chopra outlasted American Steve Stricker with a tap-in birdie on the fourth play-off hole, the par-five ninth, for his second career PGA Tour win. The pair had exchanged pars on the first three play-off holes before Stricker&aposs approach to the par-five ninth found the rough behind the green. Chopra reached the green in two shots but left his eagle putt millimetres short of the hole. However, his resultant birdie was enough to seal the title with Stricker missing his birdie opportunity which could have extended the play-off into a fifth hole. Earlier, Stricker fired a sizzling nine-under par final round of 64, which included a birdie on the final hole, to join Chopra at 18-under-par and force the play-off. Stephen Ames shot 66 to finish third at 17-under and fellow Canadian Mike Weir, who entered the final round with a one-shot lead, finished fourth at 16-under after a 70.