Foster's eagle secures first European Tour victory

Originally Published: January 19, 2003
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- England's Mark Foster made a 35-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole to win a six-man playoff at the Dunhill Championship on Sunday.

Mark Foster
Mark Foster was the last one standing in the European Tour's first six-man playoff since 1990.

Foster beat Paul Lawrie, Bradford Vaughan, Trevor Immelman, Doug McGuigan and Anders Hansen in the first six-man playoff on the European Tour since the 1990 Vinho Verde Atlantic Open.

Foster closed with a 4-under 68 and finished at 15-under 273 for his first European Tour win.

On the first playoff hole, Hansen and McGuigan were eliminated after the four other players birdied the hole.

Foster, who missed a 12-foot putt for eagle on the first extra hole, rolled in a snaking, 35-foot eagle putt for the win.

Immelman, coming off his first European Tour win a week earlier at the South African Open, narrowly missed a chip-in from off the green on the first playoff hole.

England's Justin Rose closed with a 7-under 65, but missed the playoff by two strokes and settled for a tie for seventh.

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