Phoenix Open: Webb Simpson beats Tony Finau in play-off

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Simpson followed Tony Finau with one shot at the start of the final day Phoenix Open final leaderboard-17 W Simpson (US), T Finau (US); -14 J Thomas (USA), B Watson (USA), N Lashley (USA); -13 M Homa (USA), S Piercy (USA), -12 A Lang (USA) Selected others: -11 J Rahm (Spa); -10 R Knox (Sco); -1 M Laird (Sco) Last Scoreboard

Webb Simpson drilled the last two holes before Tony Finau was defeated in a play-off to win the Phoenix Open in Arizona.

The 34-year-old American two jumped from 50 feet on the 17th and then ran a 17-foot attempt on the latter, while Finau missed an eight-foot putt to win.

That left the players tied at 17 and Simpson claimed his sixth PGA Tour title with another birdie-putt, from 10 feet, at the first extra hole.

"I didn't have my best stuff, but I hung there," Simpson said.

"To come to the last few holes and then birdie 18 feels twice great."

Simpson started the final lap one shot behind Finau and pulled level with a birdie on the fifth hole.

However, after taking his ride in the water on the 15th, he dropped a shot to leave two with three to play.

Both players parried the par-three 16 – the gap surrounded by raw fans – while the PGA Tour basketball honored great Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash last week. in Scottsdale. The flag also featured its numbers with a purple eight on one side and 24 on the other.

American World Number 13 Finau and Justin Thomas – who finished in third place on 14 – also contributed replicas of Bryant & # 39; s jersey on the 16th hole.

Simpson & # 39; s winning birdie run started when he rode the green on the par-four 17 before he achieved his first win since the 2018 Players Championship with two more on the 18th when Finau wavered.

"It is a bitter week when I look back on it," Finau said. "But there is still much to learn.

" I had a chance, a great opportunity to win this week. Unfortunately it didn't happen, but my game is better than it has ever been. "

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