Hideki Matsuyama won the 2017 Phoenix Open

Hideki Matsuyama won the 2017 Phoenix Open

Feb 6, 2017

The Phoenix Open started on February 2 ended on February 5 and the purse was $6,700,000. The event was held at TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course Scottsdale, Arizona, in the United States. The 2017 Phoenix Open drew an estimated 58,654 fans Sunday to shatter the weekly record with 655,434, compared the the last year’s event which drew a total of 618,365.

Pheonix Open had a very good couple of days with Byeong Hun An who shot a 6-under 65 with one stroke to lead the competition Saturday February 4, at Scottsdale, Arizona. Matsuyama took advantage of the An’s back-nine collapse. An had a 73 to finish sixth at 14-under. In the end it was Hideki Matsuyama who won the title, in the playoff – final he played against the United States professional golf player, Webb Simpson.

Hideki Matsuyama won the Phoenix Open for second year in a row. He birdied the par-4 17th to beat Webb Simpson in the playoffs. This victory is his fifth in his last eight worldwide starts. In his career as a professional golf player, he became the first to win a playoff back-to-back years in the same tournament since Ernie Els at the Sony Open in 2003-2004. This year, Matsuyama almost won the event in regulation, leaving his 19-foot birdie putt on the last an inch from the hole. Matsuyama and Simpson matched pars on the first three extra holes and eagled the par-5 third.

Matsuyama, and everyone else didn’t understand how that putt at 18 just stayed out. He didn’t lose confidence though, he did his best and had patience. He said “during the playoff, I did hit some good putts. Just the line wasn’t there, and so, you know, up and down. But I didn’t lose confidence. I just kept grinding and had patience.”

Simpson on the other hand said “I feel like two weeks ago I was pretty lost. I did’t hit it that great the first couple rounds. Paul notices something, so we go work on it. You know, that’s all we do is kind of fine-tune everything. And came out this weekend and I hit it great.”

“I don’t know if I played that well,” Hideki Matsuyama said, “but I won. It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

Watch Matsuyama’s game highlights below.