Hideki Matsuyama puts on the winner's jacket after the Waste Management Phoenix Open  in Scottsdale
Hideki Matsuyama puts on the winner's jacket after the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale Matt York

Matsuyama continues hot form in Phoenix

GOLF: Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama has become the first back-to-back winner of the Phoenix Open in 42 years while continuing his hot run of form.

The 24-year-old secured his fifth win from nine starts and fourth overall on the PGA Tour when beating American Webb Simpson in a playoff at Scottsdale.

Matsuyama sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to clinch the title, which should see him rise from fifth to fourth in the world rankings.

"It was a struggle, especially that playoff, but I am really happy to win," Matsuyama, 24, told CBS Sports via an interpreter.

"I just had faith and belief that there was going to be a chance to win it and luckily I made it."

Matsuyama and Simpson had finished the 72 regulation holes on 17-under 267.

A year earlier Matsuyama edged another American Rickie Fowler at the same hole.

Johnny Miller was the last man to retain his crown in 1974-75.

News Corp Australia

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