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Lee Janzen tops Miguel Angel Jiménez in playoff at SAS Championship; Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs start next week

Lee Janzen tops Miguel Angel Jiménez in playoff at SAS Championship; Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs start next week

“How?” Lee Janzen said on Golf Channel minutes after winning for the first time in six years.

Consecutive birdies on the 18th hole is how.

Janzen made a long birdie putt from the fringe on 18 at the SAS Championship Sunday to get into a playoff against Miguel Angel Jiménez. Janzen then made another birdie on the first playoff hole to win on the PGA Tour Champions for the first time since 2015.

Starting the final round two shots back of co-leaders Jiménez and Alex Cejka, Janzen opened with a bogey but he made six birdies after that, including the long one on 18 to shoot a final-round 67.

A playoff seemed a bit unlikely after Jiménez made a birdie on the 11th hole to take a three-shot lead. But his irons got a little loose on the back nine, opening the door for others to track him down.

Janzen did just that, cutting the lead to one after making a birdie putt on the 15th hole. Jiménez then bogeyed the 14th, knotting things up at 11 under. Jiménez had a birdie look on 18 in regulation to win it but left it out to the left.

On the first playoff hole, Jiménez hit his drive into a bunker, then pulled his second against the grandstands left of the green. Janzen then hit his…

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