Dufner holds off Lingmerth to seal CareerBuilder Challenge win


Jason Dufner has secured the fourth PGA Tour title of his career with a play-off victory against David Lingmerth at the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta.

It was not Dufner's best day of golf, but he felt like one of the best players in the world regardless.

"It's a tough tour to win on. There are great players playing every week on great golf courses," Dufner told NBC Golf after sealing the win on the second play-off hole.

"It's the best tour and this week I felt like I was one of the best in the world.

"It's not easy to win on this tour, but it feels good when you do."

Dufner survived a big scare on the first play-off hole to force the second hole where he sealed the win.

Lingmerth looked in control of the play-off despite missing the fairway with his drive, but he missed his birdie opportunity, allowing Dufner to put away a clutch putt to force the second hole.

Both players missed the fairway with their first shots, but Lingmerth missed everything when he put his second shot in the water, allowing Dufner to set up the win with another par.

Lingmerth pulled off a minor miracle just to make the play-off, having trailed Dufner by five shots heading into the final round.

The Swede carded the best round on Saturday with an eight-under-par 64 and backed it up on Sunday with a seven-under-par 65, meaning he beat Dufner - who scored two-under-par 70 - by five shots for the round.

Dufner had an ordinary start to the day as he scored a bogey on the second hole.

The American recovered with three-straight birdies on holes 10, 11, and 12 before hitting his second bogey for the round on the 13th.

His birdie on the 16th was crucial to forcing a play-off, while he produced the shot of the round on the 17th after driving the ball off the tee into the rock outline and narrowly missing the water with his first shot.

He recovered brilliantly with his second, chipping out of the rocks to recover the par and with Lingmerth's round already finished, Dufner had a 20-foot, three-inch opportunity to birdie the 18th and win outright, but he fell 10-inches short and was forced to get the win via the play-off.

Jamie Lovemark entered the final round in second place but finished outside the top five as he carded one-over-par 73.

He was replaced in the top five by American trio Andrew Loupe, Phil Mickelson and Kevin Na who tied for third place, having all finished at 21-under-par 267.