Clarke, the 53-year-old Northern Ireland grand champion, joins the Minnehaha Country Club 5-under 65, holding the par-4-18 ball with Choi and Steve Flesch at 12-under 198.
“It’s nice to be back in the winner’s circle,” Clarke said. “In the playoffs you never know what’s going to happen, anyone can make a birdie, and luckily it was my day today.”
Clarke won the TimberTech Championship in November for his first senior title and started the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in January on his next tour.
“I really enjoyed my time here in Sioux Falls,” Clarke said. “The fans were brilliant. I might have had a little drink with one or two in the past, so it was nice to have the atmosphere and the support. It’s always great.”
Choi, the second round leader, finished with a 69. He had only one birdie, on the par-4 13th.
“Playoff, in the second hole, hit the tree on the left,” Choi said. “Is disappointing, but good finish. … Everything is very good this week.”
Flesch, eliminated with a bogey on the first extra ride after 18, also scored the hole in regulation for a 66.
“I played well, I played well,” Flesch said. “I just wish I could have played the 72nd hole over. I picked an aggressive line and made a tentative swing with the 3-wood and it got me. You know, the 18th hole, it plays hard. Straight down. , it is difficult to get the ball at the right level. ”
Miguel Angel Jimenez, the winner of 2020, was two strokes back Rod Pampling (69). American Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker (67) was 9 under. Stricker will lead the United States next week against Whistling Straits in Wisconsin against Europe.