Simpson seals play-off win over Finau at Phoenix Open
Webb Simpson birdied the first play-off hole to beat Tony Finau at the Phoenix Open and end his title drought.
Simpson had not won a PGA Tour trophy since capturing his fifth piece of silverware via The Players Championship in 2018.
However, Simpson returned to winning ways after sealing a play-off victory over fellow American Finau in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday.
Simpson forced a play-off thanks to his final-round 69, which saw him join overnight leader Finau (70) atop the leaderboard after 72 holes at TPC Scottsdale.
Finau entered the final day leading by a stroke but his first round in the 70s, coupled with Simpson's back-to-back birdies to close out regulation, saw the pair level on 17 under.
In the play-off, Finau could only manage par at the 18th as Simpson rolled in a birdie for the victory in the Phoenix sun.
Former world number one Justin Thomas (65), two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (66) and Nate Lashley (68) finished tied for third, three shots behind Simpson and Finau.
Rickie Fowler's title defence ended in a tie for 37th – the American star 10 strokes off the pace at the close of play.
Fowler carded a two-under-par 69 to be level alongside Kevin Tway (70) and J.T. Poston (68).Published 03 Feb 2020, 05:42 IST