Stricker sizzels, but loses playoff at Mercedes

Daniel Chopra twice blew chances to win the tournament on the 18th hole but then beat Steve Stricker on the fourth playoff hole to win the Mercedes-Benz Championship, the opening event on the PGA Tour.

Chopra, who only qualified for this winners-only tournament with his first PGA Tour victory in the second-to-last event of last year, closed with a 7-under 66.

Stricker birdied three of his last four holes to close with a 64 and force a playoff.

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