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Simpson second at Sea Island but top of money

Ben Crane beat Webb Simpson on the second hole of a sudden death playoff to take the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island after shooting a 7-under 63 in regulation play.

Crane ran off four straight birdies round the turn, then another batch of four straight despite playing with a sore hip.

''I'm in a little bit of shock - a lot of shock,'' Crane said. ''I don't know how those guys played, but I know I played just about as good as I can play.''

Despite finishing as runner-up, Simpson’s second place is good enough to move him to the top of the money list by $363,029 over world number one Luke Donald.

Donald is attempting to become the first player to win money titles on the PGA Tour and European Tour. And his job just got a lot harder.

''Finishing second is going to make it a lot harder for Luke,'' Simpson said. ''But I'm sure he's going to play well. He's played well most every week this year. I still wouldn't be surprised if I have a little work to do next week.''

Donald has entered the season-ending tournament next week in Disney and will need at the very least a two-way finish for second to move past Simpson.

While Crane was an unlikely winner in Georgia, the leader heading into the final round Michael Thompson, a 25-year-old tour rookie could have been just as rare.

Thompson had a one shot-lead going into the final round but struggled on the 18th hole where he finished one shot out of the playoff.

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