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Garcia blows big lead at Wachovia

By Keith Parsons

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sergio Garcia stood transfixed in front of a television set in the media tent, watching Vijay Singh beat Jim Furyk on the fourth extra hole in the Wachovia Championship.

Somehow, in a tournament that was his to lose, Garcia had done just that Sunday at Quail Hollow. He was eliminated on the first hole of the playoff after he three-putted for bogey.

"They say you learn more from your losses than your wins," he said. "And I've got a lot from this week to learn."

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Singh and Furyk did their part, too.

Both shot 6-under 66s to equal the low round of the day, then matched each other par for par through three playoff holes. Finally, Furyk blinked, dumping his drive into the creek down the left side of the 18th fairway on the fourth extra hole.

With Furyk left scrambling for bogey, Singh saved par from the sand for his third victory of the year. And Garcia became the fifth player in PGA Tour history to lose a six-shot lead in the final round -- the first since Greg Norman in the 1996 Masters.

At least Garcia finished with a 72. Nine years ago in Augusta, when Norman had a six-stroke lead over Nick Faldo, the Australian closed with a 78 and lost by five.

"Sometimes it's harder to play with a big lead," Singh said.

PGA

Wachovia Championship

At Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C

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Yardage: 7,442; Par: 72

Final Round

x-won on fourth playoff hole

x-Vijay Singh, $1,080,000 70-69-71-66 -- 276

; Sergio Garcia, $528,000 66-71-67-72 -- 276

; Jim Furyk, $528,000 69-72-69-66 -- 276

; Chris DiMarco, $288,000 74-67-73-66 -- 280

; Carlos Franco, $228,000 72-74-70-66 -- 282

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; Vaughn Taylor, $228,000 74-70-71-67 -- 282

; Phil Mickelson, $193,500 71-73-73-66 -- 283

; Greg Owen, $193,500 74-67-71-71 -- 283

; D.J. Trahan, $174,000 72-67-71-74 -- 284

; Billy Mayfair, $162,000 76-72-70-67 -- 285

; Nick Watney, $127,200 76-68-73-69 -- 286

; Tiger Woods, $127,200 70-72-73-71 -- 286

; Stephen Leaney, $127,200 73-74-68-71 -- 286

; Scott Verplank, $127,200 71-69-73-73 -- 286

; Kenny Perry, $127,200 68-76-69-73 -- 286

; Brett Quigley, $87,000 71-69-77-70 -- 287

; Mark Hensby, $87,000 73-71-72-71 -- 287

; Jeff Sluman, $87,000 71-70-75-71 -- 287

; Per-Ulrik Johansson, $87,000 70-71-74-72 -- 287

; Fred Funk, $87,000 70-75-70-72 -- 287

; Adam Scott, $87,000 76-69-69-73 -- 287

; Charles Howell III, $55,700 72-75-73-68 -- 288

; Bill Haas, $55,700 74-71-74-69 -- 288

; Brandt Jobe, $55,700 74-68-75-71 -- 288

; Geoff Ogilvy, $55,700 71-76-70-71 -- 288

; John Rollins, $55,700 71-74-69-74 -- 288

; Nick Price, $55,700 73-69-69-77 -- 288

; Tommy Armour III, $40,800 76-72-72-69 -- 289

; Woody Austin, $40,800 71-73-75-70 -- 289

; Hank Kuehne, $40,800 75-70-74-70 -- 289

; Bart Bryant, $40,800 70-74-75-70 -- 289

; Rod Pampling, $40,800 72-72-73-72 -- 289

; Steve Flesch, $28,472.73 76-72-72-70 -- 290

; Chad Campbell, $28,472.73 71-77-72-70 -- 290

; Craig Barlow, $28,472.73 71-75-73-71 -- 290

; Tom Pernice, Jr., $28,472.73 74-74-70-72 -- 290

; Jay Haas, $28,472.73 73-74-71-72 -- 290

; Kevin Sutherland, $28,472 72-71-74-73 -- 290

; Fredrik Jacobson, $28,472 73-72-69-76 -- 290

; R. S. Johnson, $28,472 68-72-73-77 -- 290

; Dean Wilson, $28,472.72 73-71-69-77 -- 290

; Patrick Sheehan, $28,472 68-75-70-77 -- 290

; Joey Sindelar, $28,472.72 68-71-73-78 -- 290

; Justin Rose, $18,140 71-74-77-69 -- 291

; Brian Gay, $18,140 74-71-75-71 -- 291

; Brad Faxon, $18,140 72-76-73-70 -- 291

; J.L. Lewis, $18,140 73-75-72-71 -- 291

; Steve Allan, $18,140 74-73-72-72 -- 291

; Marco Dawson, $18,140 73-73-72-73 -- 291

; Dennis Paulson, $14,360 73-74-76-69 -- 292

; Kevin Na, $14,360 74-74-72-72 -- 292

; Mark O'Meara, $14,360 72-76-71-73 -- 292

; Ted Purdy, $14,360 73-70-75-74 -- 292

; Tag Ridings, $14,360 70-74-73-75 -- 292

; Andrew Magee, $14,360 69-75-72-76 -- 292

; Tom Byrum, $13,260 74-73-76-70 -- 293

; Arjun Atwal, $13,260 75-73-75-70 -- 293

; Paul Azinger, $13,260 72-75-74-72 -- 293

; Heath Slocum, $13,260 73-75-74-71 -- 293

; Shigeki Maruyama, $13,260 75-68-76-74 -- 293

; Ben Curtis, $13,260 71-72-75-75 -- 293

; Shaun Micheel, $13,260 74-71-73-75 -- 293

; Jesper Parnevik, $13,260 69-73-75-76 -- 293;

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