Scottie Scheffler outlasted Ryder Cup teammate Patrick Cantlay on Sunday’s third playoff hole in the WM Phoenix Open, making a 25-foot birdie putt that had just enough momentum to go down.
Cantlay missed a birdie try from 11 feet after Scheffler made his putt.
Scheffler birdied four of the last six holes for a 4-under 67 to tie Cantlay at 16-under 268 at TPC Scottsdale on another sunny 80-degree day. Cantlay, playing a band ahead of Scheffler, had a bogey-free 67.
Scheffler broke through on his 71st start on the PGA Tour. Heading into Sunday, the 25-year-old former University of Texas star’s biggest professional moments were beating Jon Rahm in September’s Ryder Cup USA win at Whistling Straits and shooting a 59 in the Northern Trust 2020.
Scheffler and Cantlay tied par on the first two extra trips down 18, with both players hitting the fairway and green the first time and both rushing to save par on the second.
Scheffler missed a chance to finish it in regulation when his 5 1/2-foot birdie try slipped right. On the par-3 16th from the stadium, he left a birdie putt 2 inches short.
Nine shots back at the start of the weekend, Scheffler fired a 62 on Saturday to come within two shots of leader Sahith Theegala and enter the final group. Scheffler played the first 12 holes at even par on Sunday, with four birdies and four bogeys before the late charge.
Cantlay, fourth in the standings, was making his first start in the event, adding it to his schedule only because he thought it would be easier to play three consecutive weeks instead of going back and forth from Florida between two of his favorite events in California.
The FedEx Cup champion came close to walking away with his third victory in his last six starts. On the 18th in regulation, he left a birdie putt 9 feet short.
Theegala, the rookie who took the lead on the day, lost a share of top spot with a bogey on the par-4 17th after rolling a left in the water. The 24-year-old shot a 70 to tie for third at 15 under with 2021 winner Brooks Koepka (69) and Xander Schauffele (68).
RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand’s Ryan Fox overcame a tough start to finish with a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory in the Ras Al Khaimah Classic.
Fox opened with a 63 and took a six-shot lead in the final round at Al Hamra Golf Club, completing a wire-to-wire victory. It was his second title on the European tour and the first in stroke play. He also won the ISPS Handa Super 6 tournament in 2019 with a final round that concluded with six-hole elimination matches.
Fox has already won the Challenge Tour twice and the PGA Tour of Australasia twice.
Ross Fisher closed with a 66 to finish alone in second place.
This was Al Hamra’s second consecutive European tour, after the Ras Al Khaimah championship. The second event filled a void when the Qatar Masters was postponed due to travel restrictions.
KORN FERRY TOUR
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Brandon Matthew played the final three holes in a par 4-under, eagle on the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Astara Golf Championship.
Matthews finished one shot ahead of Ryan McCormick, who birdied the 18th for a 66, and Ben Griffin, who had a 68.
Matthews, who finished at 19 under 264, won the Korn Ferry Tour for the first time. He had won each of the last two years on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
He is best remembered for his kindness at the Argentina Open in the fall of 2019, when he lost in the playoffs after a fan with Down syndrome made a distracting noise. Matthews clarified that it wasn’t the fan’s fault and gave him a signed glove. His gesture caught the attention of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, who granted him a sponsor exemption.
The victory puts Matthew at the top of the points list. The top 25 at the end of the year earn PGA Tour cards.
The Korn Ferry Tour, after two weeks in Panama and Colombia, is heading to Florida next week.
Former PGA Women’s Champion Hannah Green won the women’s division of the Vic Open by six strokes after closing with a 1 under 71, while Dimitros Papadatos won the men’s tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia and secured one of three places in the British Open this summer. The Vic Open offers men’s and women’s tournaments at 13th Beach Golf Links, playing in mixed groups. Ben Campbell and Matthew Griffin also gained places at St. Andrews. The qualifying places were allocated to the Vic Open after the cancellation of the New Zealand Open. … Alexander Knappe of Germany finished with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Dean Burmester in the Dimension Data Pro-Am in South Africa. The tournament was co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the Challenge Tour. … Esther Henseleit of Germany won the Magical Kenya Ladies Open for the second time in a row, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke win over Marta Sanz Barrio of Spain on the Ladies European Tour.