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Shawn Stefani finds positives in defeat at Congressional

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Shawn Stefani remained upbeat despite wasting a glorious opportunity to seal a maiden PGA Tour title following Sunday's playoff loss to Justin Rose at Congressional Country Club. 

Stefani's second shot at the first extra hole found the water - just like Rose had in regulation play - surrounding the 18th green to leave the Englishman with the relatively simple task of two-putt parring for a sixth win in America.

Satisfied

However, despite his inexperience costing him a breakthrough victory on a former major championship course, the world number 246 Stefani was satisfied with his performance at the Quicken Loans National. 

"It was great to put myself in position, obviously in a playoff, to win a tournament," he told reporters post-round.

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"This is the first time I've been in that position coming in on Sunday late, and really happy about it. It definitely gives me the belief that I can win a golf tournament on the PGA Tour."

Prior to his playoff defeat last night, the American's next best finish was at the Shell Houston Open, where his fifth-place finished allowed him to continue competing on the Tour following a minor medical extension at the start of the 2013/14 season. 

Mental strength

That finish in Texas earned him enough money to continue playing, and with his playing privileges for the rest of the year in the bag, Stefani has credited his mental strength for the turnaround in fortunes. 

"My health was better and I knew coming into this year that no matter where I was playing, I was going to play well," Stefani added. 

"But I had to do some work with my mind, too, working on my attitude and all that, because last year when you're injured, you kind of struggle when you're injured. You kind of don't know what's going on.

"So I really worked hard on the mental side of the game and it's allowed me to come out here and play well. Now to know that my Tour card is locked up, itt was such a great feeling to do that, because really my goal was to just make it to the FedExCup Playoffs after my start, and I've secured that and now I have got my card for next year."

Inexperience

The 32-year-old American, who is relatively inexperienced with only 33 starts on the American circuit to his name, will now turn his attention to next month's Open championship after his finish this week secured his place in the field for the third major of the season at Royal Liverpool. 

"I'm looking forward to getting over there and seeing how the course is playing." 

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