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Matsuyama in Phoenix with clutch playoff putt

Hideki Matsuyama came up with a clutch put in a playoff to beat Rickie Fowler and claim his second PGA Tour win.

Hideki Matsuyama came up with a clutch put in a playoff to beat Rickie Fowler and claim his second PGA Tour win.

Hideki Matsuyama hit a clutch putt on the final playoff hole to put himself ahead and in front of Rickie Fowler. The 27-year-old from California was unable to match it as Matsuyama won his second-ever PGA Tour event, claiming the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 14-under through four rounds and one-under in the playoff.

It was only fitting that Fowler and Matsuyama would finish the event in a playoff. From the very start they were neck-and-neck. They were tied after the first round, third round and fourth round, both with 270 totals through 72 holes of golf. Even in the playoffs they were even through three holes, hitting par on the first hole, birdieing the second and hitting par on the third. But Fowler, was unable to match Matsuyama’s pressure-filled put and bogeyed the final hole.

Fowler topped the leaderboard 14 rounds and a birdie on 15 gave him a two-stroke lead over Matsuyama, however. On the 17th hole Matsuayama made up the difference. Fowler drove the ball too far and hit the ball into the water and after taking a penalty he hit the ball into the rough. He bogeyed that hole.

Matsuyama, however, birdied. His first shot was perfectly placed right in front of the green. His second shot was chipped close to the hole and he one-putted it to tie the score.

Matsuyama birdied the 18th hole to put pressure on Fowler, but the rising star came up clitch, sinking a nine and a half-foot putt to force the playoff.

But Matsuyama got the clutch putt in the playoff to claim the victory.

Both of Matsuyama’s PGA Tour wins were in playoffs. He won the 2014 Memorial Tournament by beating Kevin Na in a playoff.

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