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Wood takes playoff win at Dick's Sporting Goods Open

Willie Wood parred the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Michael Allen and win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, his first victory in 16 years.

Wood, a Monday qualifier, drained a long birdie putt at the 18th to match Allen atop the leaderboard and force a playoff.

The pair returned to the 18th, a par 4, where Allen sent his tee shot well to the left and ended up taking a drop in front of a water feature. Wood, on the other hand, played the hole safely and needed only to tap in a short birdie putt to secure the victory.

"I've worked really hard for this," Wood said in a television interview. "Now I have a place to play without having to go through Monday qualifying. That's a good feeling."

It is Wood's first win on the Champions Tour, and first overall since the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, a PGA event now known as the True South Classic.

"This is big," Wood continued on TV. "I've had some downs, but this is a big up for me."

Wood carded a 4-under 68 in regulation to match Allen (66) at 13-under-par 203, and the two finished a stroke ahead of four players. Joey Sindelar (66), Kenny Perry (67), Tom Lehman (67) and Brad Faxon (71) shared third place at minus-12.

Faxon was tied with Allen at minus-13 before bogeying the 17th. He then sent a long birdie try past the hole at the last, falling a stroke short of a playoff.

John Huston was in good position to repeat as champion, as he carried a 1- stroke lead into Sunday's round. But after he eagled his opening hole, Huston began to fall apart. He stumbled to a double bogey at the second, birdied the third, then gave that stroke right back at the next hole.

He bogeyed the ninth to turn at minus-11, and his chances of winning all but disappeared with a triple bogey at the 10th. Huston finished with a 5-over 77 and tied for 21st at minus-7.

John Cook (67), Bernhard Langer (67), Mark Calcavecchia (67), Mark O'Meara (68) and Peter Senior (70) tied for seventh at 11-under.

NOTES: Allen took his second runner-up finish of the season. He lost to Fred Couples by one stroke at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March...Wood pocketed $270,000 for the victory...The Champions Tour travels to Snoqualmie, Washington next week for the Boeing Classic. Calcavecchia won the event last year.