Hideki Matsuyama Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open Again

The 24-year-old now has five wins and two runner-up finishes in his last nine starts

Hideki Matsuyama Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open Again

Matsuyama retained his title by defeating 2012 US Open winner Webb Simpson in a playoff

Hideki Matsuyama Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open Again

It's now five wins in nine starts for world number five Hideki Matsuyama.

The 24-year-old birdied the par-4 17th, which was the fourth playoff hole, to beat Webb Simpson and become the first man to retain the Waste Management Phoenix Open since Johnny Miller in 1975.

He now becomes the most successful Japanese player on the PGA Tour with four victories.

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Matsuyama shot a bogey-free five-under 67 on day four to get to -17 and match clubhouse-leader Webb Simpson who shot seven-under on Sunday.

Hideki had a makeable birdie putt on the 72nd green for victory but left it agonisingly short, all it needed was a gust of wind and it was in.

Hideki matsuyama wins waste management phoenix open again

The winning putt

54-hole leader Ben An played impeccable golf for 63 holes but a closing four-over back nine of 40 left him three short.

The 2015 BMW PGA Champion and 17-year-old US Amateur Champion bogeyed the driveable par-4 17th as well as the last.

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In Matsuyama's last 10 starts he has won five times, finished runner-up twice and also recorded a fifth-place finish.

He told the PGA Tour through an interpretor:

"The results have been really good these last few months, and hopefully we can just keep it going.”

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“There is ups and downs, especially when I'm playing bad or having a bad day. What I'm trying to do now is to work hard, correct what I'm doing wrong, and continue on.

“It's been a good run. I'm going to ride it as long as I can.”

Talking points from the Waste Manegement Phoenix Open:

1 - Matsuyama is the hottest man in golf currently with five wins, two runner-ups and a fifth place finish in his last 10 starts. What was surprising was how he seemed to give off the impression that he didn't play well, despite shooting a bogey-free final round which included a tap-in eagle. He said, “I don't know if I played that well, but I won. That's, I guess, the bottom line."

2 - Byeong-Hun An, or 'Ben An' as we know him, will surely be a PGA Tour winner soon. The South Korean will have expected to play the final two holes in one-under par which would have been enough to get in the playoff but a bogey-bogey finish will have left a sour taste. An has been close to PGA Tour victory before, losing in a playoff at last year's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and we expect him to win one soon with the experience he has gained.

3 - Rickie Fowler is showing some form leading up to the season's opening major at Augusta after finishing just two shots off the playoff. The American said, “Game is good right now. It was nice this week. Didn't make very many mistakes. Two bogeys over the four days, which is nice. I felt like I managed my game well. Definitely looking forward to going from here and on to the coming tournaments.”

Venue: TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona Date: Feb 2-5 Course stats: par 71, 7,266 yards Purse: $6,700,000 Winner: $1,206,000

1 Hideki Matsuyama (Jap) 65 68 68 66 267 $1,206,000

2 Webb Simpson (USA) 67 71 65 64 267 $723,600

3 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 68 67 68 65 268 $455, 600

4 Rickie Fowler (USA) 67 68 69 65 269 $294, 800

4 J.J Spaun (USA) 71 64 67 67 269 $294, 800

6 Byeong Hun An (Kor) 66 66 65 73 270 $241,200

7 Daniel Berger (USA) 71 66 66 68 271 $216,075

7 Martin Laird (Sco) 67 66 65 73 271 $216,075

9 Graham Delaet (Can) 67 69 65 71 272 $180,900

9 Matt Kuchar (USA) 64 69 69 70 272 $180,900

9 Jordan Spieth (USA) 70 68 67 67 272 $180,900

Note: Player score in bold indicates Titleist ball usage

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5