Mat­suyama wins Phoenix Open play­off — again

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Hideki Mat­suyama won the Waste Man­age­ment Phoenix Open golf tour­na­ment on the fourth hole of a play­off for the sec­ond straight year, out­last­ing Webb Simp­son on Sun­day at TPC Scottsdale.

Mat­suyama won with a 10-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th, the same hole where the 24-yearold Ja­panese star fin­ished off Rickie Fowler a year ago.

Mat­suyama closed with a 5un­der 66, par­ring the fi­nal three holes to match Simp­son at 17un­der 267. Simp­son birdied three of the last four for a 64, the best round of the day.

The tour­na­ment drew an es­ti­mated 58,654 fans Sun­day to shat­ter the weekly record with 655,434. The pre­vi­ous mark of 618,365 was set last year. A record 204,906 packed the grounds Satur­day.

Mat­suyama took ad­van­tage of third-round leader Byeong Hun An’s back-nine col­lapse. Three strokes ahead of Mat­suyama, An bo­geyed the first two holes on the back nine and closed with two more. The South Korean player had a 73 to fin­ish sixth at 14 un­der.

Gra­ham DeLaet of Wey­burn, Sask., en­tered the day tied for third but shot a 71 in his fi­nal round to fin­ish tied for ninth. Adam Had­win (66) of Ab­bots­ford, B.C. tied for 12th.

Mat­suyama won his sec­ond PGA Tour ti­tle of the sea­son and fourth over­all. He has won five world­wide events in the last 3½ months, also tak­ing the WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons in China, two events in Ja­pan and Tiger Woods’ Hero World Chal­lenge.

He’s the sixth player to suc­cess­fully de­fend a ti­tle in the event and the first to do it at TPC Scottsdale. The other five are Hall of Famers Ben Ho­gan (1946-47), Jimmy De­maret (’49-50), Lloyd Man­grum (’52-53), Arnold Palmer (’61-63) and Johnny Miller (’74-75). The Ja­panese player also is the first to win a play­off in an event two straight years since Ernie Els in the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2003-04.

MATT YORK, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Hideki Mat­suyama hits from the sixth tee in the fi­nal round of the Waste Man­age­ment Phoenix Open golf tour­na­ment Sun­day in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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