Phoenix Open Recap: Simpson Wins Playoff
Phoenix Open Recap: Simpson Wins Playoff

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

A LOT happened in the world of golf this past weekend, so much so that it's tough to know where to start. But here goes.

Closest to home, Tony Finau was AGAIN denied a first big career win, and this time in agonizing fashion. Webb Simpson caught Finau on the 72nd hole and then won the Phoenix Open on the first playoff hole. Earlier on Sunday, Graeme McDowell won the Saudi International for his first European Tour title since 2014, opening a plethora of opportunities for the 40-year-old Northern Irishman. Maybe even more importantly from the Middle East, Phil Mickelson tied for third for his best showing in a year, and Brooks Koepka tied for 17th, meaning he will lose his No. 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy not this week but next.

Wow, that's a lot to pack into one paragraph. And yeah, the most important part may have been buried at the end. Now, the details.

Some top players don't win majors, but they at least win tournaments. Finau has been stuck on one measly opposite-field win for four years now. It really looked like Sunday was his time, but instead it turned into his sixth career runner-up.

Finau led Simpson by two strokes with three to play, and he went to the 18th with a one-stroke lead. Simpson needed to sink a 17-footer for birdie and then hope that Finau missed his birdie try from nine feet. Both happened. Then Simpson birdied 18 again in the playoff, and

Want to Read More?
Subscribe to RotoWire to see the full article.

We reserve some of our best content for our paid subscribers. Plus, if you choose to subscribe you can discuss this article with the author and the rest of the RotoWire community.

Get Instant Access To This Article Get Access To This Article
RotoWire Community
Join Our Subscriber-Only Golf Chat
Chat with our writers and other RotoWire Golf fans for all the pre-game info and in-game banter.
Join The Discussion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
DraftKings PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge
DraftKings PGA: Charles Schwab Challenge
Up and Down: Homa Cookin'
Up and Down: Homa Cookin'
DraftKings Outlaw Tour: Lone Tree Classic
DraftKings Outlaw Tour: Lone Tree Classic
Up and Down: Bubba‘s Rolling It
Up and Down: Bubba‘s Rolling It