Simpson gets playoff win at Phoenix Open

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.

Justin Thomas shot 65 and tied for third with Bubba Watson (66) and Nate Lashley (68).

By Paul Wager

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