Allenby wins Nedbank, beating Stenson in playoff

BY foxsports • December 13, 2009

Australia's Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday, beating Sweden's Henrik Stenson on the third hole of a playoff.

Allenby closed with a 1-under 71 to match Stenson (69) at 11-under 277 on the Gary Player Country Club course. The winner earned $1.2 million.

The playoff was held on the par-4 18th, which both players bogeyed in regulation.

They scrambled to halve the hole in the first two playoff rounds before Allenby reached the green with his second shot for the first time in seven attempts in the third round. Stenson, meanwhile, went through the green and then chipped 25 feet past the pin. Allenby two-putted from about 5 feet for the win.

"I thought we were going to be there all night," Allenby said. "But I'm proud to be the first Australian to win this title, and I knew once Henrik pushed his approach out right (in the third round), I had a chance if I could hit the green in regulation."

Overnight leader Retief Goosen had a 75 to finish fifth at 9 under in the 12-man field. Tim Clark (69) and Ross Fisher (70) were third at 10 under.

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