Webb pips his pal in playoff
Phoenix – Webb Simpson (above) stormed from two shots back with two holes to play to win a sudden death playoff with Tony Finau at the Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday.
Simpson sank clutch birdies on his final three holes, including the first playoff hole, to claim the victory by a stroke over the hard luck Finau.
“I didn’t have my best stuff but I hung in there,” Simpson told PGA Tour Radio after sinking a 10foot playoff putt for the win.
Finau had missed an 18-foot birdie attempt at the par-four 18th hole.
Both players ended their final rounds at 17-under 267 at TPC Scottsdale with Simpson, who birdied the last two holes in regulation, shooting a two-under 69 and Finau a 70.
The victory was the sixth on the PGA Tour for the 30-year-old Simpson, whose last win came at the 2018 Players Championship.
Third round leader Finau had surged to a two-stroke lead after Simpson found water at the 15th hole and wound up with a bogey.
But Finau, who paid tribute to the late basketball star Kobe Bryant by wearing a copy of the Los Angeles Lakers player’s number eight jersey at the 16th hole, could not muster a birdie in the final three holes of regulation while best friend Simpson made two.
“If you are going to get beat, that’s how it should happen,” said the disappointed Finau, who was seeking his second Tour victory and first in four years.
“I definitely didn’t give him the tournament. –