"It's been so long coming," said Dan Pohl after going to a playoff at the Colonial National Invitation tournament today. "I've knocked on the door so often, but it seems like the man from 'Poltergeist' kept slamming it in my face."

No more. Pohl birdied the first hole of sudden death, won for the first time in nine years on the PGA Tour, and left Payne Stewart the one waiting for a door to open.

"Texas owes me one -- at least one," said former SMU golfer Stewart, a playoff loser in North Texas for the third time in as many years.

Pohl won it with a birdie from eight feet on the first extra hole, the par-3 No. 16, after forcing the playoff with an eight-foot par putt on the 18th.

Pohl (68 today) matched Stewart (66) at 205 for 54 holes, 5 under par in the tournament reduced to a three-round format by a Saturday rainout and the PGA Tour's new never-on-Monday policy.

On the playoff hole, Stewart hit a 3-iron over the flag and into rough. Pohl put his tee shot right on. Stewart played a deft chip to within tap-in distance, only to watch Pohl putt in and go romping around the green, a winner at last, $108,000 worth.

Tom Watson came on with a 64 and ended at 207. He could trace the two strokes by which he lost to a penalty he called on himself Thursday when he "moved a couple of twigs around my ball and then I looked up and realized I was in a hazard."