Webb Simpson meets for the victory of the Phoenix Open playoff over Tony Finau
THE ANGELS: Webb Simpson birdied the last two regulation holes, then birdied the first playoff hole to deny Tony Finau and claim your sixth US PGA Tour UU. title in the Phoenix Open on Sunday.
Simpson got his first title since the 2018 Players Championship, shooting a final round of two under par of 69 on the field of TPC Scottsdale for a total of 17 under 267.
Following Finau for one to start the day, Simpson had two losses of 16 to 16, but two 52 feet for a birdie in par 17 and quietly rolled on a foot of 17 feet for birdie in the 72nd hole.
Finau still had an eight-foot observation on the last regulation hole that would have won it, but he couldn't get it to fall and the tournament went to the playoff for the fourth time in five years.
Once again, Simpson put his starting punch on the street, then drained a 10-foot birdie putt when Finau, who was in a bunker outside the tee, kept looking for a second PGA Tour title for his victory in Puerto Rico Open in 2016
It was a lot today, said Simpson, the 2012 US Open champion. Tony is a great champion. He played amazing today. Reaching the last holes and then birdie 18 twice feels great.
Finau recovered from a bogey in the eighth with an 18-foot birdie at 12 and added another birdie at 13 despite missing the street.
But the American, who shot a nine-year-old under 62 on Saturday to take the 54 holes, found no other birdie and settled for a pair less than 70.
Congratulations to Webb, Finau said. A couple of little birds come home and if you are going to be defeated, this is how it should happen
I definitely didn't give him the tournament. He took the lead early and I got it late, but unfortunately this is how the cookie crumbles today.
Simpson's chances of stealing victory seemed slim after finding water in the 15th and bogeyed two drifting.
None of the players were able to birdie in par 3 16, the hole bordered by bleachers with thousands of raucous fans.
The pressure on Finau increased when he found a street bunker from the tee at age 17 and Simpson struggled for victory.
Honestly there on 15 when I drove it in the water and Tony gave a big boost; I didn't think it was over, but I thought I was going to have to do something special, Simpson said.
For Finau, who was a late entry to the tournament after initially committing to the Saudi International, it was a disappointing first Phoenix Open since his recent move to Scottsdale.
It's a bitter week when I remember him, he said. But man, there are many things to learn.
I had a chance, a great chance to win this week. Unfortunately, it didn't happen, but my game is better than ever.