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Wiebe wins Hawaii Championship in playoff

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Oahu, HI (Sports Network) - Mark Wiebe parred the second playoff hole on Sunday to down Corey Pavin and win the Hawaii Championship.

Wiebe, the overnight leader, drained a 12-foot birdie putt at the last to wrap up an even-par 72 and force a playoff with Pavin, who carded a final-round 69 at blustery Kapolei Golf Course.

The pair finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 205, one stroke ahead of Bernhard Langer, who shot 68 to finish alone in third at 10-under.

Esteban Toledo (66) and John Cook (70) shared fourth at minus-9.

Vijay Singh was tied for the lead with seven holes to play in his Champions Tour debut, but the three-time major champion stumbled to a double-bogey 6 at the 13th and never fully recovered. He carded a final-round 73 and tied for sixth at 8-under 208.

Fred Couples (66), Kirk Triplett (69), David Frost (70), Gene Sauers (70) and Brian Henninger (72) also ended at minus-8.

Wiebe, who won the Senior British Open in July, was grouped with Singh and Pavin on Sunday, with Singh two behind the overnight leader and Pavin three back.

Singh, a 34-time PGA Tour winner, played bogey-free over his first nine holes, notching a birdie at the fourth to get within one by the turn, as Wiebe had a birdie at the first, a bogey and seven pars over that span.

Wiebe then stumbled to a bogey at the 10th, falling into a tie at the top with Singh and Pavin, who also birdied the first, then reeled off eight straight pars before notching a birdie at the 10th.

Pavin added a birdie at the 14th, which allowed him to take a 1-stroke lead into the last, as Wiebe battled to stay in the hunt and Singh fell off the pace.

Wiebe went birdie/bogey from both the 12th and the 15th and remained one back entering the 54th hole, while Singh doubled the 13th, then carded a pair of bogeys, a pair of birdies and a par the rest of the way.

At the last, Pavin 2-putted for par and Wiebe dropped his approach within 12 feet, then drained the birdie putt to force a playoff.

Both players parred the first extra hole, with Pavin getting up-and-down from a tricky greenside bunker.

Back at the par-4 18th, Pavin and Wiebe were both short of the green with their second shot. The former then chipped within 15 feet, while the latter opted to putt and left himself 18 feet for par.

Still away, Wiebe calmly buried the par putt, effectively locking up his fifth Champions Tour victory when Pavin's par effort ended short of the cup.

NOTES: Wiebe's other Champions Tour wins came at the 2007 SAS Championship, the 2008 Cap Cana Championship and the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn ... Pavin was seeking his second Champions Tour win. He has three runner- up finishes on the Champions Tour this year ... Singh turned 50 years old in February ... Defending champion Willie Wood tied for 20th at 3-under 213 ... Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry tied for 40th at 1-over 217.

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