Watson, 31, rolled in a four-foot putt on the par-3 16th hole at the TPC River Highlands golf course in Cromwell, Connecticut, after Verplank missed his par attempt. Watson receives $1.08 million for the victory.
Watson, who’s tied for the PGA Tour lead in driving distance with an average of 304.5 yards off the tee, almost scored an eagle on the first extra hole, the par-4 18th. His approach shot stopped two inches away from the flag and Verplank also made birdie to extend the playoff, while Corey Pavin was eliminated.
Tiger Woods is scheduled to play in the next stop on the tour, the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. The world’s top-ranked player’s foundation is hosting the July 1-4 event.
Editor: Dex McLuskey.