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Stricker denies Clark in Colonial playoff

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  • Steve Stricker wins three-way playoff for the Colonial tournamennt in Texas
  • Stricker birdies second extra hole to beat Tim Clark and Steve Marino
  • Luckless Clark has seven runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour
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(CNN) -- Steve Stricker rolled home a birdie putt on the second extra hole to beat South African Tim Clark and fellow American Steve Marino in a three-way playoff for the Colonial in Texas on Sunday.

Stricker sports the winning trophy after his Colonial playoff win.

Stricker sports the winning trophy after his Colonial playoff win.

It was cruel on Clark who has won over $12 million on the PGA Tour but is still searching for his first win in America.

He led by two shots with five holes left but bogeyed the final hole while Stricker chipped in for a birdie on the 17th. Marino and Stricker both shot 68 on the final day to join Clark (70) on 17-under 263.

Australian Jason Day carded a 69 to finish alone in fourth on 264, one shot in front of England's Paul Casey, the world number three continuing his fine form with a closing 66.

At the second extra hole, Marino was on trouble from the start with a poor tee shot and ended up making a bogey.

Both Stricker and Clark hit superb approach shots into the green, but Clark's hit the flag and went 20-feet away while Stricker was left with a short putt for birdie.

Clark missed with his attempt and 42-year-old Stricker kept his nerve to clinch The $1.16 million first prize.

"I've had a lot of close calls this year and I finally pulled one out," Stricker told the official Tour Web site www.pgatour.com.

Clark was left to reflect on his seventh runner-up spot on the PGA Tour, including last year at the Colonial to Phil Mickelson who is taking a break from tournament golf as his wife Amy battles breast cancer.

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