Matsuyama wins Phoenix again

Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth hole of a playoff for the second straight year, outlasting Webb Simpson on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.

Simpson and Matsuyama went into extra time and it was the former US Open Champion who had the closest chances to win over the first three holes of the play-off with birdie putts narrowly missing at the first and second extra holes.

Having started the final round three shots behind 54-hole leader Byeong-Hun An, Matsuyama surged to 17 under on the back of a bogey-free five under 66.

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"I just had faith and believed that my chance would come again, and I just waited and waited, had patience", Matsuyama said.

The South Korean will have expected to play the final two holes in one-under par which would have been enough to get in the playoff but a bogey-bogey finish will have left a sour taste.

Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama has become the first back-to-back victor of the Phoenix Open in 42 years while continuing his hot run of form.

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This capped off another successful year in Phoenix for Matsuyama. Three strokes ahead of Matsuyama and four ahead of Simpson with nine holes left, An bogeyed Nos.

NOTES: With four wins, Matsuyama has the most PGA Tour wins of any Japanese player.Simpson was seeking his fifth win.According to The Arizona Republic, a skybox at the raucous 16th hole costs $50,000 and includes 34 badges per day, food and an open bar.Jon Rahm, who finished fifth at this tournament as an amateur two years ago, senses the crowd at 16 has gotten more demanding: "They're starting to boo you if you miss a 20-foooter for birdie". "I just kept grinding and had patience".

"To shoot 7 under on Sunday, birdieing 17 and 18 is a great feeling, knowing I had to do it", Simpson said. But Hideki is a great player. 10 and 11 and closed with two more on 17 and 18. This year a record 655,434 walked through the gates at TPC Scottsdale, including a single-day record of 204,906 on Saturday, which is a record attendance for the event. Fowler made another strong run to win here, rushing home with a 65 to finish at 15 under and in a tie for fourth with J.J. Spaun (67). With 70,000 to 90,000 expected Sunday in flawless warm conditions, the event will shatter the overall record of 618,365 set previous year.

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