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Laird wins first PGA title in Las Vegas playoff

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Scotland's Martin Laird won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating George McNeill with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Laird closed with a 3-under 68 to match McNeill (67) and Chad Campbell (69) at 19-under 265. Campbell was eliminated on the second extra hole. Laird, 26, earned $756,000 and a two-your tour exemption for the breakthrough victory at TPC Summerlin in his 53rd tour start. He jumped from 134th to 62nd on the money list with $1,271,254. Three-time Las Vegas winner Jim Furyk (62) and Jeff Klauk (68) tied for fourth at 18-under, and Charley Hoffman (68) followed at 17-under. Laird holed an 11-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for the victory after McNeill hit his approach near the greenside water hazard and had an 18-foot par putt lip out. Campbell dropped out with a bogey on the par-3 17th. Laird took the lead from Campbell and Furyk at 19 under with a birdie on the par-5 ninth. Laird parred the next six holes before birdieing the par-5 16th to reach 20 under, then dropped back with a bogey on 17. McNeill birdied the 18th to join Laird and Campbell at 19 under, and Campbell and Laird then closed with pars to set up the playoff. The three players opened the playoff with pars on No. 18, and Laird and McNeill advanced with pars on No. 17, while Campbell dropped out with his bogey.

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