Schwartzel rallies and beats Haas in a playoff

Jordan Spieth, left, and Lee McCoy, walk ahead of their caddies along the first fairway during the final round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
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PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Charl Schwartzel closed with a 4-under 67 for the best score of the final round Sunday, and then beat Bill Haas on the first extra hole of a playoff in the Valspar Championship.

Schwartzel holed a 65-foot birdie putt on the 13th and a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to reach 7-under 277.

Haas had a two-shot lead with three holes to play until he made bogey from the bunker on the 16th hole and narrowly missed a 25-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th. He closed with a 72.

In the playoff, Haas went from the trees to the bunker and failed to save par on the 18th hole from 20 feet. Schwartzel two-putted for his third victory worldwide in his last six events.