Sport Golf

Wednesday 29 March 2017

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

Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry

Hideki Matsuyama celebrated his second PGA Tour success with victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona after getting the better of Rickie Fowler in play-off that went to four holes.

Matsuyama and Fowler finished tied on 14 under after 72 holes and after matching each other's scores on the first three sudden death holes, Japan's world number 19 won it on the 17th with a par after Fowler had sent his tee shot into the water and then missed a 10-foot par putt.

World number four Fowler will be sick of the sight of the 17th hole as it proved his nemesis throughout the day. When he arrived there in his regulation round he had a two-shot lead but sent his tee shot into the water and, despite using a different club in the play-off, the end result was the same, hooking left into the hazard while Matsuyama, who birdied his final two holes in regulation to force the play-off, found the fairway.

Both men struck 67s in their final round after starting the day on 10 under, three shots behind overnight leader Danny Lee. The Australian started the day dreaming of a second tour victory, but his hopes quickly faded after three bogies in his opening seven holes and his 73 was the highest score of anyone in the top 35.

Lee's capitulation allowed Harris English to book a third-place finish on 12 under after a 66 while joint first-round leader Shane Lowry was the top European finisher on nine under. Good enough for a tie for sixth position.

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