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J.B. Holmes earns win in a playoff to take Houston Open

  • Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the first hole in the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/George Bridges)

    Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the first hole in the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/George Bridges)  (The Associated Press)

  • Shawn Stefani watches his tee shot on the first hole in the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/George Bridges)

    Shawn Stefani watches his tee shot on the first hole in the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/George Bridges)  (The Associated Press)

  • J.B. Holmes posses with the trophy after winning the Houston Open golf tournament in a playoff Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/George Bridges)

    J.B. Holmes posses with the trophy after winning the Houston Open golf tournament in a playoff Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/George Bridges)  (The Associated Press)

J.B. Holmes used a strong start Sunday for a Houston Open victory in a three-way playoff against Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner.

The 32-year-old Holmes birdied the first five holes and nine of the first 12 after starting the day six shots back of Jordan Spieth.

He had a 64, the day's low round, and won on the second playoff hole for his fourth PGA Tour victory and the $1,188,000 check. Although Holmes' missed birdie putt had given Wagner another chance, his short putt for par lipped out.