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Brian Gay the victor at Humana Challenge

Brian Gay made it PGA Tour title numero cuatro after winning the Humana Challenge Sunday, defeating Charles Howell III in a playoff.

The 41-year old shot a 9-under 63 in his final round to match Howell at PGA West's Arnold Pamer Private Course, both players carding 25-under 263.

''I'm still in a little bit of shock,'' Gay said. ''It kind of happened so fast there at the end the way things went down. Last year was a struggle. It was a long year, a lot of work. I just wanted to come out this year kind of refocused, recharged, and believing in myself.''

Gay has always held his aptitude with putter and irons as his forte, but had been let down by driver in the past - unable to generate the distance of his peers. Throughout much of last year, the Texan has been hard at work with coaches Grant Waite and Joe Mayo in an attempt to hit that much longer from the tee.

''My whole game's been about accuracy and short game,'' Gay said. ''I've always been a short hitter on the tour and I felt like as I was getting older I'm only going to get shorter and shorter. ... It was tough last year trying to play making those changes.''

Just as tough as Phil Mickelson, one of the starts on show at the event, found it. Lefty had a tough start to his season, tying for 37th at 17 under in his season debut.

Nevertheless, he's still confident for the tournaments ahead and feels the practice has put him in good stead for Torrey Pines.

''I was rusty starting the year,'' Mickelson said. ''I had a great four days here where I can work on my game with perfect weather and wonderful golf courses, where I could build some momentum. Heading into San Diego, I feel a lot more confident.''

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