The 2012 Northern Trust Open came down to a sudden death playoff Sunday after Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley birdied on the 72nd hole of the tournament to draw even with Bill Haas in the clubhouse. The excitement didn't end after regulation.
All three golfers had long putt opportunities for birdie to win the first hole of the sudden death playoff. Keegan Bradley came the closest, even beginning to celebrate prematurely as his ball touched the lip of the cup before going wide off from roughly 10 feet away.
All three players misfired off the tee on the second playoff hole. Mickelson landed in the rough to the right while Bradley landed a few feet further up in a bunker. Haas hit into the trees to the left of the hole, but the ball luckily rolled through with hitting any obstructions. All three players landed roughly 30 yards from the hole.
Bradley hit the best shot by far on his second shot, putting the ball just off the green, roughly 12 feet from the hole. Haas laid up to about 40 feet from the pin on the green on his second shot, while Mickelson's ball rolled off into a bunker on the other side of the pin.
Bradley seemingly had the apparent leg up, but Haas bombed his birdie putt into the cup to turn the tables. Bradley's putt to tie once again barely glided by the lip of the hole, giving a Haas a major victory in California.