Imada's first PGA win pays 30-1

May 19, 2008 2:49 AM

by Mark Mayer | Japanese golfer Ryuji Imada went from losing the AT&T Classic in a playoff last year to winning it the same way, this time at 30-1 odds at the Las Vegas Hilton. Imada, who played collegiate golf at the University of Georgia, used his knowledge to post a 15-under-par total for the 72-hole event held at TPC Sugarloaf in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth.

Imada defeated Kenny Perry on the first playoff hole when the Kentucky native saw his ball strike a pine tree behind the green and ricocheted into the water. Perry, who was 25-1 to win the AT&T, nearly won last week at The Players when he shared the lead during the final round.

Third-round leader Charles Howell III struggled to a final round 74 and finished four shots back. Camilo Villegas had the Sunday’s best round, a 6-under-66 to gain third place at -14. Villegas, like Perry, was 25-1.

The PGA Tour moves this week to Fort Worth, Texas for the Colonial Invitational.