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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Shane Lowry sixth in Arizona as Hideki Matsuyama edges Rickie Fowler in playoff

Published 08/02/2016 | 02:30

Shane Lowry Photo: Getty
Shane Lowry Photo: Getty

Shane Lowry hit five birdies in his last seven holes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish joint sixth as he maintained his impressive start to the season.

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Lowry dropped out of contention with a 72 on Saturday which left him well off the lead at the start of play.

The Offaly man drifted further down the field with three bogeys and a solitary birdie in his first 11 holes before finding his range in a superb finish to build on last week’s 13th placed finish at the Farmers Insurance tournament.

Hideki Matsuyama beat Rickie Fowler on the fourth extra play-off hole after they finished the regulation 72 holes locked together.

Matsuyama finished birdie-birdie, knocking in a 17-foot putt at the last at the TPC Scottsdale, before Fowler forced the playoff by calmly sinking a 10-footer.

They finished at 14-under 270, two strokes clear of American Harris English.

Overnight leader Danny Lee dropped back into fourth after a disappointing round of 73.

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