About the only thing that went according to plan yesterday was Sergio Garcia tapping in for par on the 18th hole to win the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Tex.

Garcia squandered a two-shot lead by closing with a 1-over-par 71, then survived a sloppy finish by making a par on the first playoff hole as Robert Damron and Dudley Hart self-destructed.

"I pulled it through, and I'm happy," Garcia said after ending a two-year drought on the PGA Tour.

"Winning is always great. Those are the little things that get you going a little bit."

Garcia became the first player in 11 years at the Byron Nelson to win despite failing to break par in the final round, and he could not have guessed that a simple, two-putt par on the 18th would be enough to win the playoff.

Hart, who birdied three of the final five holes to shoot 67, hit into the left rough off the tee, missed the green to the right and then duffed a chip. He exited with a double bogey.

"I got a little overaggressive," Hart said. "Fifty yards short of the green would have been better than I was."

Damron, who won the 2001 Byron Nelson in a four-hole playoff, lagged his 50-foot putt to within four feet in the playoff. He stepped up quickly over the putt, but pulled it to the left.

"There was no point in reading it," he said. "I knew what it was doing. I just butchered it."

It was a tough ending for Damron, who got into the playoff by holing a 7-iron from the 15th fairway for eagle and closing with a 66.

All three finished at 10-under 270.

Tiger Woods tried to make a late charge despite hitting only three fairways yesterday. He shot 69 to finish one shot out of the playoff for the second straight week.

"It's a little bit disappointing because obviously I didn't play well, and I had a chance even as poorly as I played," Woods said. "It came down to one shot."

Duffy Waldorf (68) hit into the water on No. 17 to make bogey and also finished one shot back. Also at 9-under 271 was Tim Herron, who closed with a 64. Herron did not make a birdie on the par 5s all week.

Garcia, 24, who made his PGA Tour debut as a professional at the Byron Nelson five years ago, won for the fourth time on the PGA Tour and earned $1.04 million. He also gained 66 world ranking points, moving him to No. 2 in the European standings for the Ryder Cup.

* LPGA: Lorena Ochoa won her first pro event, carding a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Wendy Ward at the inaugural Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Franklin, Tenn.

Ochoa, the 2003 rookie of the year, became the first Mexican to win an LPGA Tour event. She had five birdies and a bogey in the final round and held off three-time winners Ward and Pat Hurst, finishing at 16-under 272.

It was not the only accomplishment of the day for the Ochoa family. Lorena's brother, Alejandro, reached the summit of Mount Everest early yesterday morning. The Ochoa family learned of his ascent by a telephone call around 4 a.m.

* ASIA: In Shanghai, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain won the Asian Open, closing with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory after entering the final round six shots behind leader Simon Dyson of England.