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Monday, March 16, 2009

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Dan Forsman won the AT&T Champions Classic on Sunday for his first victory in 12 Champions Tour stars, overcoming a five-stroke deficit in regulation and beating Don Pooley with a birdie on the first extra hole.

``I'm at a loss for words right now,'' said the 50-year-old Forsman, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour. ``It means so much to win on the Champions Tour.''

Forsman, five strokes behind Joey Sindelar entering the round, shot a 6-under 66 - the best round of the day - to match Pooley (70) at 11-under 205 on the Valencia Country Club course. Forsman earned $240,000.

Jay Haas (70) finished a stroke back at 10 under, and Sindelar (73) was 9 under along with Ben Crenshaw (67) and Fulton Allem (67).

In the playoff on the 546-yard, par-5 18th, Forsman - 2-0 in playoffs on the PGA Tour - made a 12-foot birdie putt, and Pooley had a 5-footer lip out. It was the third straight playoff in the event and sixth in the tournament's 20-year history.

Forsman birdied three of the last five holes in regulation, parring the 18th after a lucky break. Forsman tried to reach the green in two, but his second shot - with a hybrid - went right of the green and barely stayed in bounds.

``I just didn't stay with the shot,'' said Forsman, who missed a 25-foot birdie try on the hole. ``I had officials at first wave it out of bounds, but then they told me it was right on the string, meaning it was in bounds.''

Pooley also had a chance to win outright on the final hole, but his 6-foot downhill birdie putt missed to the left.

``I hit an incredible bunker shot to 6 feet,'' said Pooley, winless since the 2003 Allianz Championship. ``The putt was right and I aimed left edge. I thought I won right there.''

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