- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - Chad Campbell was eliminated from a three-way Masters playoff when he missed a 4-foot par putt at the first extra hole Sunday.

Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry moved on to play another hole after making par at No. 18. Cabrera pulled off a remarkable recovery after hitting his tee shot behind a tree. He whacked his ball back into the fairway, stuck his third shot 8 feet behind the cup and sank the putt.

The 48-year-old Perry, trying to become the oldest major champion in golf history, hit an awful approach short and right of the green, but chipped up for a tap-in par. Campbell hit a nifty shot out of the bunker, but his putt caught the right edge of the cup and lipped out.

Perry and Cabrera moved on to play the 18th hole.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) _ Kenny Perry bogeyed the final two holes of regulation Sunday at the Masters, forcing a three-way playoff with Chad Campbell and Angel Cabrera.

With Campbell watching from the clubhouse, the 48-year-old Perry was poised to become the oldest major champion in golf history until he missed a 15-footer to save par at No. 18. Cabrera then sank a short par putt, leaving all three players tied at 12-under 276.

It was the first three-way playoff at Augusta National since 1987, when Larry Mize beat Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros with a chip-in from 140 feet.

The playoff took center stage after a thrilling duel between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson ended with a thud.

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