Garcia beats Koepka with par on first playoff hole at Nelson

May 23, 2016 1:59 AM by Associated Press

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Sergio Garcia made a par on the first playoff hole at the Byron Nelson on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player.

The 36-year-old Garcia shot 2-under 68, making six birdies and four bogeys, to get to 15-under 265. He was two groups ahead of the final pairing of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth and Koepka, who bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes and just missed a birdie chance at 18.

At the 413-yard 18th again in the playoff, Koepka drove into the water.

Garcia also won the 2004 Nelson and is the first two-time winner in the 34 tournaments since the event moved to TPC Four Seasons in 1983.

Koepka closed with a 71.

Spieth shot a 74 to tie for 18th at 10 under.

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