Which PGA Tour event had the most players in a sudden-death playoff?

By T.J. Auclair
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The PGA Tour has seen an abundance of playoff golf lately. 
With that, it got us wondering: which PGA Tour event had the most players in a sudden-death playoff?
As it turns out, there have been two occasions on the PGA Tour where a sudden-death playoff has involved six players, a record.
The first time it happened came at the 1994 GTE Byron Nelson Classic and it happened because of circumstances related to weather.
Due to stormy weather, the tournament was unable to complete more than two rounds. Six golfers -- Neal Lancaster, Tom Byrum, Mark Carnevale, David Edwards, Yoshinori Mizumaki and David Ogrin -- were tied for the lead at 9 under after 36 holes. 
Lancaster promptly ended the sudden-death playoff on the very first extra hole, converting a birdie putt from 4 feet for his only PGA Tour victory. 
The second time the PGA Tour saw a six-man playoff was at the 2001 Nissan Open, contested at Riviera Country Club (site of this week's Genesis Open).
After 72 holes of regulation, Robert Allenby, Toshi Izawa, Brandel Chamblee, Bob Tway, Jeff Sluman and Dennis Paulson were all knotted up at 8-under 276.
And just like when Lancaster won in 1994, this one would end promptly.
Playing sudden-death in miserable weather, only Allenby and Tway managed to reach the green on the par-4 18th hole. Tway failed to convert his birdie try from 35 feet away. Allenby, meanwhile, knocked a 3-wood approach to within five feet and converted the birdie putt for what was, at the time, his third PGA Tour win.


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