It’s always a raucous affair at the Phoenix Open, but this year’s event offered drama until the last putt dropped. In the end, Webb Simpson defeated Tony Finau playoff to earn the victory. It was Finau who held the 54-hole lead to start the tournament, with Simpson trailing by one. The course played firm and fast, which was reflected in the scores; Simpson made a birdie and a bogey, while Finau made a bogey on 8, and the two competitors held a share of the lead with 9 holes to go. Webb retook the lead with a birdie on the 10th, but Finau responded with birdies on the 12th and 13th. After an untimely bogey on the short par-5 15th, Simpson found himself down two strokes with three to go. They both parred 16, and Webb made birdies on 17 and 18 to post 17-under.
When Tony Finau’s birdie to win failed to drop, they were headed to a playoff. On the first playoff hole, Webb Simpson capped off his third consecutive birdie to capture his 6th-career PGA Tour title, and first since the 2018 Players Championship.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Monterey Bay for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.