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Bryce Molder settled for an even-par 34-37=71 in today's final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 9-under 275, down two spots on the leaderboard and into a five-way tie for sixth place.

Molder had two top-10 finishes last season on 26 starts. He's already matched that total in just seven events in 2015-16 (T4, Sanderson Farms), thanks in large part to 7-under 64 in R3. The 37-year-old, who played out of the penultimate threesome on Sunday, briefly joined the early lead (thru four holes) with birdies at the par-4 first (3'7") and a 20-incher at the par-5 third. He avoided bogey at the sixth dropping a 13'10" one-putt par, but wasn't as lucky on the seventh, missing par from the exact same distance. Molder concluded his scoring with a three-putt bogey-5 from 76'1" at 10 and a failed scramble at the par-5 15th, overshadowing a 10-inch birdie at the drivable par-4 17th. His T6 is a personal best at the WMPO in eight attempts.
Feb 7 - 8:10 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

Boo Weekley conjured up a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a four-day total of 10-under 274, down one spot on the leaderboard to solo fifth.

Weekley entered the week off the heels of three straight missed cuts and had one top 10 (T9/2008) in six previous WMPO appearances. He opened in 71-68, but then hung a personal-best 65 on the par-71 TPC Scottsdale to sit T4 thru 54 holes, four back of 54-hole leader Danny Lee. The 42-year-old exchanged a two-putt birdie at the par-5 third with a failed up-and-down on six to turn even. He circled 4s on both of the par 5s on the back nine before sandwiching a two-putt birdie at the drivable par-4 17th with failed scrambles on 16 and 18 for his final number. Weekley was T2 for the week in greens in regulation (53/72) but 50th in strokes gained: putting at -0.317.
Feb 7 - 6:54 PM

Overnight leader Danny Lee faded away to a 2-over-par 38-35=73 in today's final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 11-under 273, good for solo fourth and three shots out of a two-man playoff involving Hideki Mastuyama and Rickie Fowler.

After opening in 67-66-67, Lee lead by three over playing competitors Matsuyama and Fowler. It was his first 54-hole lead on TOUR in his 110th pro start. Three holes in, his lead was gone after back-to-back bogeys at No. 2 and on the easiest hole on the course, the par-5 third. He dropped another with a failed up-and-down at the par-3 seventh, his second failed scramble of the day, to turn in birdie-less 3-over. The 25-year-old finally broke the ice from 19'3" at the par-4 10th and at that point, trailed Fowler by one, but bogeyed 12 (failed scramble) and then three-putted the par-4 14th (from 39'6"), missing his par putt from 36 inches. He collected himself enough to circle birdies at 15 and 17 for his final tally. Lee's solo fourth was easily his best at TPC Scottsdale in four attempts (three MCs), and was his first top 10 of the season on six events.
Feb 7 - 6:28 PM

Harris English authored a 5-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 72-hole tally of 12-under 272, good for solo third and two shots out of a two-man playoff involving Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler.

English has a history of less-than-stellar third- and fourth-round scoring on TOUR, and he followed suit with even-par 71 in R3, but broke the spell with a six-birdie against one-bogey 66 in the finale. He began his final frame six adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee on 7-under (68-67-71). The 26-year-old raced out with four birdies in his first six holes and tied for the lead on 11-under with four others (Bryce Molder, Lee, Matsuyama, Fowler). He added a seven-footer at the par-5 13th and got a great break at the par-5 15th when his second ricocheted off a hazard stick and into the greenside bunker when he was surely heading for the water. He was unable to take advantage, missing birdie from 8'11", and then exchanged bogey-4 at 16 with a five-footer on 17 for his final total. This is English's best at the WMPO in five tries and his first top 10 of the season in his seventh event.
Feb 7 - 6:13 PM

John Huh put together a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 9-under 275, up one spot on the leaderboard and into a five-way T6.

After opening in 69-70-67, Huh began the finale on 7-under, (T7) and six adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee. On his round, he split 10 (of 14) fairways and found 13 greens in regulation registering 1.692 putts per GIR. The 25-year-old was 1-over thru his first 12 holes, outpacing two birdies with three bogeys, but circled three over his final six holes, including a six-footer at the raucous par-3 16th. Huh had a chance for one better and T5, but missed from 38 inches at the par-4 18th. His consolation is back-to-back top-10 finishes (T8, Farmers), third in his last five starts, and a personal best at TPC Scottsdale in his fifth visit.
Feb 7 - 5:46 PM

Past champ J.B. Holmes tossed up a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 72-hole aggregate of 9-under 275, up 11 places on the live leaderboard to T6.

The 2008 WMPO playoff winner opened in a disappointing one-birdie 2-over 73, but closed like a champion with 67-68-67. He played his last 54 holes squaring just two bogeys (one double), but overshadowing them with 15 birdies, five in the finale. At last check, the 33-year-old, who entered the week off a T6 at last week's Farmers, is No. 1 in the field in driving distance (329.0 yards) and first in bogeys with five. Holmes is scheduled to make his 10th appearance at next week's AT&T Pebble Beach.
Feb 7 - 5:15 PM

Shane Lowry rallied to a 3-under-par 36-32=68 on day four of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to wrap his tourney-debut at 9-under 275, currently T5 on the leaderboard and tied with Will Wilcox for top honors among first-timers at TPC Scottsdale.

After sharing a three-way T1 with an opening 6-under 65, Lowry got progressively worse over his next two loops posting 70-72. He began his final frame clinging to a seven-way T10, but a distant seven adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee. The 28-year-old was sleepwalking at even-par thru his first 11 holes on Sunday, exchanging two birdies with two bogeys, but then ripped-off five circles over his final seven holes, including three straight on Nos. 15-17 (two of those were of the two-putt variety). He navigated a two-putt from 52'9" at the par-4 18th for his final tally. The Irishman is in the published field at next week's AT&T Pebble Beach where he'll make his second appearance (T21/2015).
Feb 7 - 5:05 PM

K.J. Choi authored a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 72-hole total of 6-under 278, up 23 spots on the live leaderboard to T16.

Choi, a surprise runner-up to Brandt Snedeker at last week's Farmers, had a more than respectable encore in his 10th appearance at TPC Scottsdale (72-70-69-67). At the time he signed his card, the 45-year-old ranked 65th in greens in regulation at a shaky 52.78 percent (38/72), but he was No. 1 in sand saves going 13-for-14 on the week (92.86 percent) and T2 in bogeys with just six. Choi follows the TOUR back to California for the upcoming AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am where Snedeker defends.
Feb 7 - 4:34 PM

Bubba Watson signed for a 6-under-par 33-33=66 after the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to wrap his 10th appearance at 7-under 277, up 29 places on the live leaderboard to T10.

The two-time and back-to-back WMPO runner-up didn't add many (any) new friends in Scottsdale this week after pre-tourney comments disparaging the recently renovated (2014-15) set-up. He tried to walk them back a bit later on, stating that he does enjoy the tournament, but a cloud hung over him. In a show of solidarity, The Thunderbirds gathered at the 10th tee on Sunday for Watson's opening salvo in the two-tee finale. That said, he entered the week as the outright odds-fave (11/1) and sat just outside the top 10 after 36 holes (69-69), but a third-round 71 derailed his chances. At last check, the 37-year-old's 72-hole totals show: T3 in greens (53/72) and fourth in strokes gained: tee-to-green (10.763), but 64th in strokes gained: putting (-3.809).
Feb 7 - 4:16 PM

Tyrone Van Aswegen enjoyed a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in today's final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to conclude his tourney debut at 6-under 278, up 17 places on the live leaderboard to T14.

The South African was one of 31 debutantes at TPC Scottsdale. He's not going to take top first-timer honors as Will Wilcox is in the house three better, but, he's currently second-best after a four-birdie against one-bogey finale. After opening in 68-70-72, the Web.com Tour grad began his final frame in the same spot as Wilcox thru 54 holes (T31). He found eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation and posted 1.769 putts per GIR. The 34-year-old circled birdies on Nos. 3, 11 (from 20'3"), 13 and from 6'8" at 18 for the walk-off 3. His lone retreat was a failed scramble at the par-4 eighth.
Feb 7 - 3:53 PM

Will Wilcox fired a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to wrap his tournament debut at 9-under 275, up 26 spots on the live leaderboard to T5 and good for the early 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Wilcox finished in a five-way T6 and his 65 was low lap of the round.

As noted in his pre-tourney player news, Wilcox closed the CareerBuilder in 67-67 in his last start. He still missed the scheduled 54-hole cut (by four) after opening in 5-over 77, but it was obviously something to build on. The 29-year-old was T31 thru 54 holes at TPC Scottsdale (68-73-69) and began the day 10 adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, and at last check, leads the field in strokes gained: putting with a cumulative 7.949. Wilcox erased a lone bogey at the par-3 eighth with seven birdies ranging from between three and 46 feet, with three dropping from greater than 17 feet.
Feb 7 - 3:29 PM

Defending champion Rory McIlroy thrashed a superb 7-under-par 32-33=65 for a 15-under 273 total that earned him T6 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The world number two has understandably high ambitions so the fact that this result was his 11th top six finish in his last 13 starts in the United Arab Emirates will matter less to him than the fact it was the second event of the Desert Swing in which he rued the what-ifs and maybes. He said: "It's sort of a week of what could have been. There was a lot of really good golf in there. I played a lot of great shots and made a lot of birdies, but just made a few too many mistakes, as well. I'll rue the two front nines that I played on Friday and Saturday. Played the combined front nine five over par there and if I had not of done that, things could have been different." Almost the same words he uttered after finishing T3 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago. He saved par just 7 times from 15 missed greens all week and was particularly poor from the bunkers, making par just 3 times from the 8 greenside traps he found. He posted 8 birdies and 1 bogey in his final round 65.
Feb 7 - 9:19 AM



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