Playing out of the fifth-to-last threesome in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, World No. 89 Webb Simpson twirled the day's low round with a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-33=64 to match defending champ Hideki Matsuyama on 17-under 267, and then lost on the fourth hole of sudden death.
The 31-year-old was making his 215th career start (213 pro) and seventh start of the season with a previous-best T13 at the Sony. He was chasing his fifth TOUR title, first since the 2014 Shriners (as 54-hole leader), but settles for his sixth career runner-up, and drops to 1-4 in extra time. After opening 67-71-65, the Wake Forest alum began on 10-under (T12), six back of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An. He kicked off with eagle-3 at three and circled birdie-3s at 6 and 8 (from 28'8") to turn 4-under. The North Carolinian opened the back side with five straight pars before birdieing 15, 17 and 18. In the playoff, the pair matched par 4s on holes 18, 18, and 10, with Simpson having birdie tries to win on each (from between 17 and 25 feet), and then succumbed with par at the 17th to Matsuyama's birdie-3 from 10'6". Simpson's P2 is his best in seven appearances, fifth straight top 15, and fourth top 10.