John Huh of the USA came through an epic eight-hole playoff to beat Australia’s Robert Allenby in the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon in Mexico.

Allenby should have won the tournament in regulation play but the Australian blew a two-shot advantage on the final hole. Taking a driver from the tee he blasted it into the trees on the right hand side of the hole. He struggled to recover from there and eventually posted a double bogey, dropping him back into a tie with John Huh.

The pair headed for extra holes where John Huh, a 21-year-old Tour rookie, made eight straight pars to eventually see off the veteran Australian.

“It’s amazing,” Huh said. “It’s my rookie year, especially, and playing in my fifth event on the PGA TOUR. I just couldn’t put it in words. … It’s really hard to explain this. It’s major. I mean, it was my dream.”

After three rounds Huh lay seven shots back of Daniel Summerhays, but a superb closing 63 saw him roar up the leaderboard. Allenby also played an excellent final round, he carded a 65 despite the double on the home hole.

“I played so awesome all day,” he said. “Obviously I’m disappointed. I mean, I had this tournament in the bag, a two-shot lead with one hole to play and I just played it like a rookie.”

Third round leader Summerhays suffered a poor final day, his 73 dropped him into a share for fifth. Matt Every and Colt Knost both fired solid 66s to move into a tie for third place.

Mayakoba Golf Classic
El Camaleon, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Feb 23-26, purse $3,700,000 par 71

1   John Huh (USA)      67   70   71   63   271   $666,000

2   Robert Allenby (Aus)   69   67   70   65   271   $399,600
T3   Matt Every (USA)      67   71   69   66   273   $214,600
T3   Colt Knost (USA)      69   71   67   66   273   $214,600
T5   Alejandro Canizares (Esp) 67   72   69   66   274   $129,963
T5   Dicky Pride (USA)      68   72   68   66   274   $129,963
T5   Chris Stroud (USA)   69   66   68   71   274   $129,963
T5   Daniel Summerhays (USA) 69 65   67   73   274   $129,963
T9   Michael Allen (USA)   68   71   66   71   276   $99,900
T9   Will Claxton (USA)   66   68   71   71   276   $99,900

T9   J.J. Henry (USA)      72   69   68   67   276   $99,900

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Where next?
WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship –
Mahan beats McIlroy in final