Sergio Garcia outduels Brooks Koepka in playoff to win AT&T Byron Nelson

Written By Alec Brzezinski
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With a par on his first playoff hole, Sergio Garcia earned his ninth PGA Tour win and first since 2012 Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas, Texas.

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Garcia and Brooks Koepka went back to the 18th tee box after finishing 72 holes deadlocked at 15 under. Koepka controlled most of the tournament, and even held a three-shot lead on the back nine Sunday, but he bogeyed the 14th and 15th, then made a messy par on the par-5 16th to fade back to the pack.

Koepka continued his sluggish play on the first playoff hole when he dunked his tee shot into the water, which lead to a double-bogey.

That left an opening for Garcia, who played some of his best golf of the day down the stretch. The 36-year-old Spaniard took advantage by smacking his drive into the fairway and two-putting from 15 feet for par. He now has the same amount of PGA Tour wins as Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros.

"It's awesome to be up there with Seve," Garcia said on CBS. "I wasn't really on (Sunday). I played well the last few holes, but I was struggling with my swing a little. The goals are still the same. Keep getting better."

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Garcia hit two balls in the water Sunday but chipped in for par the first time, then scrambled for a bogey the second. None of the leaders really played well Sunday, but Garcia's 2-under 68 was enough to get the job done.

Hometown hero Jordan Spieth suffered through yet another brutal Sunday. The two-time major champion started the final round in the final group at 14 under, two shots back, but he hit just four fairways in Round 4 en route to a 4-over 74.

Matt Kuchar, who finished in a tie for third last week at the Players Championship, finished solo third this week at 14 under after posting four straight rounds in the 60s.

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One of the best stories of the week came from Bud Cauley. The former Alabama star is playing on an injury exemption, trying to make enough money to secure his tour card. He finished in a tie for fourth at 13 under, which should help his cause dramatically.

The week ended in disappointment for Koepka, but the 26-year-old won last year, contended in the majors and has a good chance to make the Ryder Cup team this fall, where he could see Garcia with a chance at redemption.

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