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Perry's bogey set up the playoff, and it wasn't pretty.
The playoff opened at the 438-yard, par-4 18th, and Hoffman and Perry drove into bunkers and settled for bogeys.
The playoff moved to the 403-yard, par-4 10th, which Hoffman birdied in each of the first three rounds.
Hoffman bombed his tee shot off a cart path and over the green, then chipped to 13 feet. Perry drove into the left rough, then hit an iron 20 feet from the cup.
Both players two-putted, and the playoff dragged on to the 17th.
That was where, in regulation, Perry had taken a short-lived one-shot lead with a birdie about an hour earlier.
This time, Perry drove to the right of the green, then chipped to about 22 feet.
Hoffman buried his tee shot in a bunker and somehow chipped to the fringe.
"I couldn't have dreamed of hitting a better shot than I did," Hoffman said. "I was trying to hit it in the middle of the green and two-putt for par."
Hoffman did that. But he had left open the door for Perry, who calmly rolled in the winner in front of a gallery that had dwindled as spectators left to watch the Super Bowl. He earned $1.08 million.
"It had a little more speed on it than I thought, but then it kind of just hugged right inside that right edge of that hole and sucked it down," Perry said. "Pretty exciting. Pretty nice way to win one."
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