Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama retained his Phoenix Open title with a dramatic play-off win over 2012 US Open champion Webb Simpson.
The 24 year old had left a putt to win on the 18th hole just half an inch short as he shot a five-under-par 66 to finish 17 under alongside Simpson, who fired a closing 64.
Neither player was able break the deadlock until the fourth extra hole, where Matsuyama held a 10-foot putt to claim a fourth PGA Tour win.
Twelve months ago, Matsuyama had beaten Rickie Fowler, also at the fourth extra hole, at the same tournament.
“It was a struggle, but I was delighted to win,” said Matsuyama, who won four times last year and is now fifth in the world rankings and leads the FedEx Cup standings..
Over 200,000 packed into TPC Scottsdale on Saturday to watch the Phoenix Open, taking the total for the week to a record-breaking 655,000
Korea’s Byeong-hun An, who led Scotland’s Martin Laird by one shot going into the final round, was three shots clear at the halfway point of the final round. But his challenge crumbled over the final nine holes with back-to-back bogeys at the 10th and 11th before he dropped more shots at the last two holes to finish in sixth place after a 73. Laird also shot 73 and failed to pick up a birdie to finish on 13 under.
The popular tournament drew an estimated 58,654 fans on Sunday to shatter the weekly record with a total of 655,434. The previous mark of 618,365 was set last year. A record 204,906 packed the course on Saturday.
MATSUYAMA’S WINNING CLUBS
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9)
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M2 (15)
Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18)
Irons: Srixon Z965 (4-PW)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 (52, 56, 60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Timeless
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
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