After receiving his PGA Tour card in December, John Huh has played anything like a rookie.
The Crescenta Valley High graduate, who helped the school's boys' golf team win Pacific League championships in 2006 and 2007, enjoyed the finest moment of his burgeoning career Sunday after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
It took some extra time for Huh, who graduated from Crescenta valley in 2008, to net his first career win. Competing in his fifth tour event, Huh found himself in a playoff with Robert Allenby of Australia. Allenby surrendered a two-stroke lead on the final hole of regulation before recording a par on the eighth extra hole.
Huh, 21, finished with an eight-under-par 65 to catch Allenby at 13-under 271 before parring all eight holes in the playoff to equal the second-longest playoff in PGA Tour history.
"It's amazing," Huh told the Associated Press. "It's my rookie year, especially, and playing in my fifth event on the PGA Tour.
"I just couldn't put it in words. … It's really hard to explain this. It's major. I mean, it was my dream."
It marked the fifth time in tour history that a playoff went eight holes, with the last coming in the 1983 Phoenix Open. The record is 11 holes, which occurred in the 1949 Motor City Open.
With the playoff alternating between the par-4 18th and par-3 10th, Huh continued to remain focused. Huh ended it on the 10th hole with a putt for par. Allenby, who turned pro in 1991, missed his par attempt.
"I was nervous, especially when you're playing out there against Robert Allenby," said Huh, who was on the Crescenta Valley golf team during his sophomore and junior years. "I was trying to calm down myself, but it was hard."
Crescenta Valley Coach John Pehar said he watched part of the playoff during a replay on the Golf Channel.
"I watched the last four holes and I'm very happy for him," Pehar said. "He's accomplished his goal of making the tour and then winning an event.
"He's the kind of player where nothing bothers him. He's worked hard to get there."
Huh netted $666,000 with the first-place finish and has netted $1,047,132 through five events. He currently is ranked 137th in the world after beginning last week at 267. Huh earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in next year's TOC event in Hawaii.
Huh's previous best finish came when he tied for sixth at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun