A playoff to decide the champion and winner of the $100,000 first-prize check in the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic was called by darkness Tuesday night with five players still alive.

Three former champions of the event -- George Forster of Radnor Valley, Rusty Harbold of Philadelphia Cricket and Billy Stewart of ACE Club -- parred the third hole of the playoff and will continue Wednesday morning. Two other contestants, Brett Melton of Radley Run and Chris Krueger of Kings Creek, chose to return to attempt short par putts when play resumes.

A total of seven players finished the 18-hole tournament at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting with low scores of 2-under-par 70. Overbrook’s Trevor Bensel bogeyed the first hole of the playoff and was eliminated, and Ross Seaman of Manufacturer’s was knocked out because of a bogey at the second extra hole.

Five of the seven players who shot 70 teed off in the morning. Harbold and Krueger began their rounds in the afternoon, with Harbold carding a bogey on the 18th to fall back to 2 under, and Krueger making birdie at the same hole to get into the playoff.

The $100,000 first prize is the largest of any of the 41 sections in the PGA of America.