Golf: Hideki Matsuyama beats Rickie Fowler in Phoenix Open playoff

posted on February 8, 2016

Hideki Matsuyama won an unexpected playoff victory Sunday after Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Matsuyama birdied the hole in regulation to tie for the lead, chipping to 2 1/2 feet. In the playoff, he chipped to 6 feet and two-putted for the win after Fowler missed his 10-foot par putt.

"Surprised and sad that Rickie finished that way, but all I can do is my best," Matsuyama said through a translator. "I was lucky to come out on top."

Overcome by emotion and thinking about his family, Fowler broke down in tears in the media center.

"The hard part is having all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven't seen me win," Fowler said. "But I will be able to kind of hang with them tonight. I'll be all right."

He blew a two-shot lead on the 317-yard 17th in regulation when he blasted a driver through the green and into the water, with the ball traveling nearly 360 yards.

source by asahi
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