Saturday 24 March 2018

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

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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.

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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