Webb pips his pal in play­off

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

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. –

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