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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 239
S ERGIO Garcia, golf’s most recent major man, defeated Paul Goydos in a memorable playoff at The Players Championship in 2008. Garcia entered the final round at TPC Sawgrass three shots off the pace, before firing an impressive 71 in windy conditions to take the clubhouse lead. While Goydos, who began the final round with a one-stroke lead, bogeyed the 72nd hole to send the tournament to a sudden-death playoff. It was the first playoff at The Players since Sandy Lyle defeated Jeff Sluman in 1987. Goydos was first to attack the notorious island green at the par-3 17th in the playoff – a gust of wind ballooned the American’s tee shot and sent his ball plummeting into the drink. Up stepped Garcia. The Spaniard flushed a wedge, and – while the ball was still in flight – received his congratulations from a gracious Goydos. After Garcia won what was the richest tournament in golf – it has since been overtaken by the $12 million US Open – he thanked a most unexpected source. “First of all, I want to thank Tiger for not being here,” Garcia joked. “That always makes things a little bit easier.” Commentators have since declared “sportsmanship” as the true winner of the memorable playoff, which took place this week nine years ago. E it happened this week in... 2008 • Annika Sorenstam wins the Stanford International Pro-Am after defeating Paula Creamer in a playoff. • Cyclone Nargis kills over 130,000 people in Myanmar. • Vladimir Putin is appointed Prime Minister of Russia for the second time. He will become president again in 2012. • Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr, is released and makes $US585.2 million at the Box Office. Also making news this week in 2008 GARCIA v GOYDOS: PLAYOFF AT THE PLAYERS VIDEO: RELIVE THE FAMOUS PLAYOFF IN THIS VIDEO WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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