Lee ends eight-year drought with LIV Golf playoff win

Danny Lee has birdied his final two holes for a two-under 69 and then won LIV Golf Tucson on the second hole of a four-man playoff by making a 25-foot birdie putt from off the 18th green for his first win in nearly eight years.

It was the second playoff in LIV Golf since the Saudi-funded series began last year. Dustin Johnson won the playoff outside Boston last year.

New Zealander Lee finished at nine-under 275 and got into Sunday's playoff with Carlos Ortiz (65), Brendan Steele (70) and Louis Oosthuizen (70). Oosthuizen bogeyed the par-5 17th to fall one behind, only to birdie the 18th to join the playoff.

Lee nearly squandered a great chance to win on the first playoff hole when he put his approach five feet from the 18th, the first extra hole, pushing it to the right.

Mexican Ortiz was eliminated after the first extra hole when he went long off the 18th green, chipped to six feet and missed the par putt.

Going back to the 18th, Lee again looked as though he wasted a good opportunity when his approach from the fairway missed the green to the right, leaving him a tough spot with the pin all the way to the right side of the green.

South African Oosthuizen and American Steele both missed long birdie putts. Lee chose to use putter, even though he was some 10 feet off the green. He gave it a rap and it was going fast when it rattled against the pin and disappeared for the winner.

"I haven't won since 2015. I thought winning just not my thing. Today has changed that," said Lee, who signed with LIV Golf in February when he was world No.267.

His last victory was the Greenbrier Classic, which no longer is a PGA Tour event but will be part of the LIV Golf schedule this year.

"It's good to see I'm capable of playing good golf again," Lee said.

Matt Jones (69) was the best-placed Australian in seventh at seven under.

Second-round leader Marc Leishman shot a six-over 77 to finish five under, while Cameron Smith (70) ended his tournament two under and Jed Morgan (75) nine over.

Charles Howell III, who won LIV Golf's season opener at Mayakoba, had the lead after a good start. But he took a triple bogey on the par-3 eighth, and then failed to birdie the par-5 17th. He shot a 72 and finished one shot out of the playoff.

Lee won $4 million ($A6m) from the $20 million ($A30m) purse for individual play, which was roughly as much as he made the last four seasons combined on the PGA Tour.

Ortiz led the Fireballs to the team victory, winning handily over the 4 Aces with Lee's Ironheads team coming in third.

LIV Golf now takes a week off before resuming at a new tournament in Orlando, Florida, the weekend before the Masters.