Matsuyama outduels Fowler for Phoenix Open title

Final Round – PGA Tour – Waste Management Phoenix Open – TPC Scottsdale –

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Hideki Matsuyama

Scottsdale, Arizona –

Hideki Matuyama survived a dramatic four-hole playoff to beat Rickie Fowler to win the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Leading by two shots, Fowler found the water at No. 17 to open the door for Matsuyama, who rallied to tie and force a playoff. Both players dueled in the playoff trading clutch putts. Finally, Fowler found the water again at No. 17 on the 4th playoff hole to lose the battle.

Perhaps, the pressure of the crowd weighed on Fowler as well with his grandparents watching. Either way, it was Matsuyama hoisting the trophy. Both ended up 14-under.

Harris English was solo third at 12-under, while Danny Lee was fourth. Lee blew a three-shot overnight lead trying to close his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Boo Weekley closed out the Top 5 with J.B. Holmes, John Huh, Steve Lowry, Bryce Molder and Will Wilcox finishing T-6.

Opening the week at 18-to-1 odds to win the title at Station Casinos in Las Vegas, Matsuyama was trending at TPC Scottsdale. He finished T-2 here last year and T-4 in 2014.

The playoff finish marked the eighth finish in the last nine years with either a playoff or one-shot victory.

Other Golf news:

  • Danny Willett capped off a victory Sunday at the European Tour’s Omega Dubaithumb_Willett_Danny_15CAD Desert Classic as a 33-1 pick. He edged Andy Sullivan and Rafael Cabrera-Bello by a shot. It marked RCB’s second straight runner-up effort. Rory, the defending champion, finished T-6 with Henrik Stenson.
  • Esteban Toledo (11-under) topped Billy Andrade in a three-hole playoff to win the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship.
  • Ha Na Jang (11-under) won her maiden LPGA Tour title Sunday in Florida. She beat Lydia Ko face-to-face at win the Coates Golf Championship. Brooke Henderson was runner-up at 9-under. Ko shot 3-over and slipped to T-3. Jang finished runner-up four times in 2015.
  • The PGA Tour hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am next week with Brandt Snedeker returning to defend his title. Celebrities in the pro-am field include actors Ray Romano, Andy Garcia and Mark Wahlberg, singers Justin Timberlake, Kenny G, Toby Keith and Jake Owen and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.