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Kuchar wins marathon playoff at Turning Stone

Four days were not enough to resolve the PGA Tour's Turning Stone Resort Championship at Atunyote Golf Club -- perhaps fitting, given the long and exhausting path it took to get there.

Vaughn Taylor and Matt Kuchar had to come back early Monday morning to resolve a sudden-death playoff that had been called Sunday due to darkness after both made birdie on the 18th hole and par on the 12th hole.

And when it was done, after six holes (the longest playoff on Tour this season), Kuchar had won with a par on the 13th hole, helped in no small part by Taylor pulling his drive into the water.

So ended a wild week that began with frightening weather and ended with an exciting blitz of made shots and missed shots that had the galleries buzzing.

Of course, few were out there on Thursday and Friday, braving raw elements similar to what took place early in the 2008 tournament. Cold temperatures, rain and even some wind forced players into multiple layers of clothing and even some ski hats.

Due to all the rain that did fall before the tournament, golfers were allowed to lift and replace their balls within a club's length in both the fairways and rough, a rare situation. Among other things, it helped the scores stay low all week.

Tim Petrovic and Leif Olson took the best advantage of it in Thursday's opening round, braving the worst of the weather with six-under-par rounds of 66 to share the early lead.

Right from the start, Taylor and Kuchar were involved. Taylor is best known for playing on the 2006 United States Ryder Cup team, while Kuchar is a former U.S. Amateur champion whose immense talent has not quite turned into professional stardom.

On the chilly Thursday, Taylor and Kuchar shot 67, and Taylor added another 67 in the second round as he avoided rain most of the day and used terrific wedge play. At the midway point, Taylor, with a 10-under-par 134, was one shot ahead of Kuchar (who had an eagle on the 12th hole), plus Olson and Nicholas Thompson.

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