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Josh Teater tapped in for par on the 18th hole in the final round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to finish the day at 1-under-par 36-35=71, and tied for fifth at 12-under 276.

Perhaps there were two players more nervous that Teater as he played the 18th hole. A par or better for Teater meant the 125th spot on the money list, and final fully-exempt PGA TOUR card, would go to Kevin Chappell. A bogey or worse would add some money to Jerry Kelly's pocket, moving him up from 126th and into the 125th spot at Chappell's expense. All is not lost for Kelly, as he owns two different one-time career money exemptions by virtue of ranking inside the top 25 in career earnings. He can choose to skip Q School and burn one of those, or give Q School a shot and see if he can save one of those exemptions for later. Either way, Disney provided the dramatic ending that we have grown to expect.
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 04:19:00 PM

Rickie Fowler shot a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 14-under 270, and then lost on the fourth hole of sudden death to Hideki Matsuyama, dropping his playoff record to 2-2.

After opening in 65-68-70, Fowler was in the final threesome T2 with Matsuyama and three adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee. He had come-from-behind in each of his three TOUR wins and was looking to add his fourth title in his 152nd pro start -- and his fifth worldwide victory in the last nine months. Fowler missed birdie at the par-4 first (from 5'8") but connected from 3'11" at the par-5 third to join a four-way T1. He took the top spot with a pitch-in birdie-3 at the 10th and had a two-shot lead heading to the short par-4 17th after birdie-4s at 13 and 15. The 27-year-old drove the green (with driver) but it never stopped, going over the green into the water to square his first bogey in 22 holes. Back at the 17th for the fourth hole of sudden death, he hit less-than driver this time, but he found the water left and it was over, settling for his ninth career runner-up and second at the WMPO (2010).
Feb 7 - 7:53 PM

After matching 72-hole aggregates of 14-under 270, Hideki Matsuyama eliminated Rickie Fowler with par on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his third appearance, and notches his second PGA TOUR title in his 60th start as a pro.

Matsuyama fired a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-33=67 before pushing his playoff record to 2-0, having also won his maiden title at the 2014 Memorial in extra time. At the Memorial, he erased a two-shot deficit in R4 to best Kevin Na on the first extra hole. This time, he entered the finale three adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee after opening in 65-70-68. The 23-year-old began with a 15'1" birdie at the first and didn't circle a second until the par-5 13th (8'5"). He tied Fowler on 13-under after an up-and-down birdie at the drivable par-4 17th and then delivered from 17'8" at the par-4 18th but Fowler matched from 9'6". The duo exchanged pars and birdies on the first and second playing of the 18th in sudden death before moving to the par-4 10th, where they matched pars again. It was onto the 17th and Fowler's drive went into the water (for the second time today) leaving the door open for Matsuyama.
Feb 7 - 7:32 PM

Sebastian Munoz battled for an even-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the Club Colombia Championship to capture the title by a stroke over Matt Atkins and Richy Werensky at 12-under 272.

Munoz entered this week on the charity of a sponsor's exemption and made the hometown fans at Bogota CC proud as a response. He circled four birdies and squared four bogeys in the finale, and his his 21 birdies ranked tops for the week. With this victory, he no longer needs to take advantage of his status on the PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA. If he so chooses, he is now fully exempt on the Web.com Tour in 2016 and can chase a 2016-17 PGA TOUR card. Of note, he is the first Colombian to win on the Web.com Tour.
Feb 7 - 7:15 PM

Danny Willett withstood a charge from the field to maintain his 54-hole lead and claim the 2016 Omega Dubai Desert Classic thanks to a final round 3-under-par 34-35=69 which earned him a 19-under 239 total and a one shot victory over Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andy Sullivan.

Two front nine bogeys on 2 and 9 saw the Englishman's start-of-round advantage disappear as Sullivan and Cabrera-Bello not only snapped at his heels but caught and passed him at the top of the leaderboard. But Willett was resolute. In between those dropped shots he made red numbers on 4, 5 and 7. More red on 12 and 13 gave him control of the tournament, only for a bogey on 14, caused by a failure to get up and down from the back of the green, to put matters in peril again. Willett had failed to birdie 18 all week but when it mattered the 72nd hole 15-foot birdie putt dropped and the title was his. It is his fourth European Tour title and he is the third English winner of the event. He said afterwards: "Coming down the last with all the situations that were going on, it's nice to know that I can dig deep there and produce. It's a relatively daunting last hole. We needed to make a (birdie) four to win. So just delighted with how I dug and found it."
Feb 7 - 8:06 AM

Hideki Matsuyama carved out a 3-under-par 34-34=68 on day three of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 54-hole total of 10-under 203, up two places on the leaderboard and into a two-way T2 with Rickie Fowler.

In his previous two (and only) visits to TPC Scottsdale, Matsuyama was T2 and T3, respectively after 54 holes (eventually finishing T2 and T4). He's T2 again after three days posting 65-70-68. On those two previous occasions, he entered the finale three in arrears and finds himself in the exact same spot with 18 holes remaining this year. The 23-year-old played out of the penultimate threesome on Saturday and overshadowed bogeys on holes 7 and 12 (both three-putts, the latter from 6'9") with birdies at 1, 5, 11, 14 (chip-in) and 15. He landed just six (of 14) fairways -- his worst of the week -- but pelted 16 greens in regulation -- his best of the week. Thru 54 holes, he leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but is 40th in strokes gained: putting, including a -1.922 in R3.
Feb 6 - 7:57 PM

Danny Lee conjured up a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 13-under 200, good for a three-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler.

Lee was in the final threesome with overnight leader James Hahn and Fowler. He began the day one back of Hahn (joint second) after opening in 67-66. The 25-year-old went out in bogey-free 4-under, circling three straight on Nos. 2-4 (from between three and 21 feet) and adding a 39'6" bomb at the par-4 eighth. He dropped shots on 11 (three-putt from 64'0") and 15 (water ball) but erased them with birdies at 13 and 17. This is Lee's first career 54-hole lead on TOUR in his 110th pro start, and he's been buoyed to that spot by leading the field in driving accuracy at 83.33 percent (35/42) and strokes gained: putting with a cumulative 5.760.
Feb 6 - 6:36 PM

Phil Mickelson smoothed a bogey-free 6-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a three-day total of 8-under 205, up 31 places on the live leaderboard to T6. UPDATE: With play completed on day three, Mickelson sits solo sixth, five adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee.

Mickelson was in the third threesome off No. 10 tee and began Moving Day T37 (2-under) after 69-71. He opened with five straight two-putt pars before breaking the ice from 15'8" at the par-5 15th and added a second circle from 10'11" for birdie-3 at 18 to turn 2-under. The three-time WMPO champ went back-to-back rolling in a 12-footer at the par-4 first before ringing-up par breakers at Nos. 3, 7 and 9, the latter two from 22'3" and 29'0", respectively. Mickelson striped 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 15 greens in regulation registering 1.667 putts per GIR.
Feb 6 - 4:34 PM

Scottsdale resident Bryce Molder fired a 7-under-par 31-33=64 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 9-under 204, up 33 spots on the live leaderboard to T4 and good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Molder is in a two-way T4, four swings back of 54-hole leader Danny Lee.

Two-tee set-up for the third round (69 players) and Molder was in the first threesome off No. 10 with J.B. Holmes, who shot 68, and Seung-Yul Noh (81). He began Moving Day eight adrift on 2-under (T37) after opening in 67-73. The 37-year-old striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation and at last check, a 3.473 tally in strokes gained: putting. Molder circled eight birdies against a lone bogey at the par-3 seventh (failed sand save). That bogey-4 was sandwiched by four birdie-3s from between 15 and 23 feet, including a walk-off from 18'2" at the par-4 ninth. His 64 is low round of the tournament thus far and a personal best in 29 career rounds at TPC Scottsdale.
Feb 6 - 4:04 PM

Alex Cejka (neck) withdrew prior to the start of the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

This is Cejka's 18th mid-tournament WD in 314 career starts, the last was at the 2015 PGA Championship after a first-round 4-over 76. He was high-up on the 36-hole leaderboard at TPC Scottsdale sitting T13 after 70-68, and it was also the first time he's made the cut here in his last six tries, so the departure has to be at least somewhat concerning. We'll find out in short order, as the 45-year-old is in the published field at next week's AT&T Pebble Beach.
Feb 6 - 11:47 AM

After three straight birdies on Nos. 3-5, FedExCup leader Kevin Kisner was 3-under total but played his last 13 holes in birdie-less 5-over and at 2-over 144, missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open by two strokes.

Course form (CUT/2015, T55/2012) won this week. Kisner's season form showed first- and second-round scoring averages both at 66.67, so those will suffer a bit after 71 and 73 (33-40) in Scottsdale. His 36-hole stats show T90 in greens in regulation and T94 in strokes gained: putting en route to six birdies (three in each round), against eight bogeys. Joining Kisner on the bench are: 143- Kevin Streelman ... 144- Justin Thomas ... 145- 2007 champ Aaron Baddeley; David Lingmerth; 2010 champ Hunter Mahan; Tony Finau; Jason Dufner ... 146- Graham DeLaet; Jamie Lovemark; Fabian Gomez; Smylie Kaufman ... 154- Jack Maguire (pro debut).
Feb 6 - 10:29 AM

The second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open resumed at 8:00 a.m. MT on Saturday with four players (of 130) needing to complete their respective rounds. Approximate third-round tee times will be between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Bo Van Pelt is T9 with two holes left to play in his second round. He had just missed a 3'7" near-gimme at the par-3 16th when play was suspended on Friday due to darkness. If he were to stay inside the top 10 after 36 holes, it would be the first time he's accomplished that since the 2014 Barclays where he was T6 at the midpoint (after opening in 6-under 65 and 71). Last season, the 40-year-old missed the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time since their inception in 2007, so he's playing this season by burning his Top 50 Career Money List exemption ($20,411,496). Interestingly enough, he's already dropped to No. 54 on the list after missing his first three cuts in 2015-16.
Feb 6 - 10:05 AM




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