Simpson gets playoff win in Phoenix, McDowell wins in Saudi
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Webb Simpson birdied the last three holes he played Sunday to go from a two-shot deficit with two holes to play to a playoff victory over Tony Finau in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Finau missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation for the victory. He drove left into the church pew bunkers on the 18th in the playoff and missed an 18-foot birdie try to set up Simpson’s winning putt.
Simpson two-putted from the fringe on the short par-4 17th for birdie, and he made a 17-foot birdie putt on the 18th in regulation to close with a 2-under 69 on the TPC Scottsdale. He finished at 17-under 267.
Finau, trying to win for only the second time in his PGA Tour career, shot 70.
KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Graeme McDowell closed with an even-par 70 to win the Saudi International by two shots over Dustin Johnson and collect his first European Tour title since 2014.
With the victory, McDowell moves back into the top 50 in the world for the first time in nearly five years. He finished at 12-under 268 for his 16th victory worldwide.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson pitched in for eagle on the final hole for a 3-under 67 to close within two shots. McDowell saved par on the 17th and made a 5-foot par on the final hole for the victory.
Brooks Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world, closed with a 2-over 72 to tie for 17th. Koepka will have lost his No. 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy when both return at Riviera on the PGA Tour in two weeks.
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Riley had a one-shot lead going into the final round Sunday and seized control with an eagle on the par-5 12th hole.
Diaz, who started the day five shots behind, played bogey-free for a 65 to finish alone in second. Ben Kohles (68), Lee Hodgers (69), Mito Pereira (70) and Max McGreevy (70) tied for third, two shots behind.
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MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Brett Quigley did in two starts on the PGA Tour Championship which he never did it 408 attempts on the PGA Tour: He won.
Quigley saved par on the final two holes for a 6-under 66 for a one-shot victory in the Morocco Champions, which ended on Saturday. It was Quigley’s first victory since the Arkansas Classic in 2001 on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour.
Quigley got into the field for the senior tour’s first African event as one of the top 10 available players from the PGA Tour’s career money list. He had five runner-up finishes in 408 starts on the PGA Tour, earning more than $11 million.
J.C. Ritchie of South Africa closed with a 5-under 67 to win back-to-back at the Limpopo Championship, which this year was co-sanctioned by the Challenge Tour in Europe and the Sunshine Tour. He won by two shots over Wilco Nienaber.