PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The thoughts went tumbling through his mind, Mark O'Meara said, when he watched Jeff Sluman's 20-foot putt fall into the cup on the 72nd hole yesterday.
"What's it going to take?" was O'Meara's first thought.
"What do you have to do? I was in a playoff two weeks ago. I don't want another playoff. What's it going to take?"
He answered his question one hole later, on the first playoff hole for the title in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
It took a 15-foot, par-saving putt, and O'Meara made it. Sluman, with a chance to extend the playoff, missed from about 12 feet.
"He made and I missed. That was it," Sluman said.
The one-putt par on the first extra hole provided O'Meara with a record fourth title in this event and his third in four years.
"A tremendous victory for me," O'Meara said after he'd broken a tie with Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead for the most wins in the tournament that formerly was known as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.
O'Meara and Sluman each birdied the final hole at Pebble Beach to complete the regulation 72 holes in 275, 13-under par.