Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his win at TPC Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona - It looked like the Waste Management Phoenix Open was all
Rickie Fowler's, that is until the 17th hole. Leading by two with two holes to play,
Fowler smashed his drive right on the perfect line, but it rolled thru the green and
into the water. Fowler failed to get up and down and made bogey. Matsuyama
meanwhile, made birdie - two stroke swing, tie game. On the 72nd hole, both
exchanged clutch birdies to reach -14 and extend the mano a mano duel to a playoff.
On the fourth playoff hole of sudden death, it was the 17th once again that bit Fowler.
This time his tee shot had too much right to left shape and bounced into the hazard
just short left of the green. Matsuyama played the hole in text book fashion - perfect
tee shot, and pitched to 7 feet throwing all the pressure back on the 27 year old world
No.4. When Fowler failed once again to get up and down for his par on the 17th, all
Hideki Matsuyama had to do was two putt for the victory. The win was Matsuyama's
second PGA Tour victory (2014 Memorial).
Fowler was reeling after the loss: "I mean, the hard part is having, you know, all my
friends and family and grandpa who haven't seen me win," he said, visibly shaken.
"But I will be able to hang with them tonight."
Harris English shot 66 Sunday and finished third at 12 under par.
Toledo Beats Andrade in Playoff at Allianz
Esteban Toledo poses with the trophy after winning the Allianz Championship
Boca Raton, Florida - At the windswept Allianz Championship at Broken Sound, it was
Billy Andrade who had command of the event standing on the 18th green on Sunday.
A 5 ft putt was all that stood between his fourth PGA Tour Champions title in the last 10
months, and a playoff. Andrade made his worst stroke of the week . . . and it cost him
- sending the event into extra holes. The challenger, after posting a final round 67 to
reach -11 was Esteban Toledo (who finished earlier and was the leader in the clubhouse).
In the playoff, on the third extra hole (the 17th), Andrade lipped out his 6 foot par attempt,
while Toledo converted his 4 footer for his fourth PGA Tour Champions title.
Three of Toledo's victories have come in playoffs, and all of those on the third hole of
the each playoff. "Being in a playoff isn't easy," said Toledo, who shot 68 on Sunday
to finish at -11 on the Old Course at Broken Sound. "There's a lot of stress and a lot
of nerves. sometimes I surprise myself how well I play in tough conditions."
Tom Byrum who had the round of the day, shooting 64 in the windy conditions - tied
for third with Jeff Sluman at 10 under par.