Scott Stallings hits off the 17th tee during the third round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament on the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) -- Brian Gay won the Humana Challenge on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour title, beating Charles Howell III with a 5 1/2-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.
Gay closed with a 9-under 63 on PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course to match Howell and Swedish rookie David Lingmerth at 25-under 263.
Howell shot a 64, and Lingmerth had a 62. Scott Stallings, five strokes ahead entering the round, bogeyed the final hole for a 70 to miss the playoff by a stroke.
Gay and Howell opened the playoff with birdies on the par-5 18th, and Lingmerth dropped out with a bogey after hitting his approach into the left-side water. Gay won on the par-4 10th, hitting a perfect drive and putting his 145-yard second shot in good position below the hole. Howell drove into the right rough, hit his second into the back bunker, blasted out to 15 feet and two-putted for bogey.
Knoxville's Scott Stallings entered the day in first with a 5 stroke lead, but saw the opportunity for his 3rd PGA title slip away on 18 when he put his second shot into a water hazard. Stallings missed an 11-foot putt to join in a playoff.
Stallings finished in a tie for 4th.