Beckman produced a seven-under par round of 63, with five birdies on the back nine, in Scottsdale, Arizona to finish level with overnight leader Sutherland on 18-under par.

After the pair made par on the first play-off hole, the 18th, Sutherland drove his second shot on the second play-off hole into desert rough and then went down a hill behind the green while Beckman kept his nerve to par and claim victory, which secured his tour card for the next two years.

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The victory was Beckman's second on the PGA Tour, following his win in Mississippi in 2001.

"I'm a little surprised. I mean, I've had such a poor year, and I had back problems. I had to skip eight weeks, and its just been a tough year," said Beckman.

"I honestly was thinking about quitting he game, that's how bad I felt.

"I can't explain to you how good I feel right now. I don't know what it was and why I did it but I just felt good all day and it happened for me."

Sutherland had his chances, missing a birdie on the 18th and then failing to take a tough putt on the first play-off hole.

"I had a couple putts to win that - the one in regulation, I hit it on-line, I just didn't hit it hard enough and then I pulled the one in the playoff," he said.

Sutherland was left to rue the decisive second shot on the second play-off hole when he shot the ball wide to the right and into dirt close to a tree that limited his movement.

"I got in the fairway, and my ball was in a ball mark," said Sutherland. "It was like a quarter plugged.

"The ball really squirted right. I made pretty good contact on it but it was right all the way. It wasn't the lie I was looking for but that's the way it goes."

Australia's Mathew Goggin finished one stroke behind the leading pair after firing an excellent seven-under par 63.

Last year's winner, Canada's Mike Weir, the top-ranked player in the event, made a late charge with a final-round 63 but was still four strokes behind Beckman and Sutherland.

Australia's Steve Allan, among the frontrunners all week, finished tied for seventh after three-putting for a bogey on the 17th and then finding water and making a double bogey on 18.

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