Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
After blowing a two-shot lead on the 317-yard hole in regulation when he blasted a driver through the green and into the water, Fowler pulled a 5-wood into the lake on the fourth hole of a playoff to set up the deciding bogey. Matsuyama birdied the hole in regulation and two-putted for par from 6 feet in the playoff.
Fowler forced the playoff with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th after Matsuyama made an 18-footer. They each shot 4-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270.
Fowler broke down in tears in the media center afterward, overcome by emotion talking about his family.
"The hard part is having all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven't seen me win," Fowler said. "But I will be able to kind of hang with them tonight. I'll be all right."
Toledo beats Andrade in Allianz playoff
Esteban Toledo parred the third playoff hole to win the Allianz Championship over Billy Andrade on a cold, windy day at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla.
Toledo made a 4-foot par putt after Andrade's 5-foot par try lipped out on the par-4 17th hole. Three of Toledo's four PGA Tour Champions titles have come in playoffs. Toledo (67) and Andrade (68) finished at 11-under 205.
Andrade had a chance to win in regulation but missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.
Tom Lehman, one shot off the third-round lead, shot a 72 to finish two strokes back.
... Danny Willett made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic title by one shot. The 28-year-old Willett closed with 3-under par 69 at Emirates Golf Club to finish at 19-under 269.
Williams leads U.S. to victory
Venus Williams clinched victory for the U.S. Fed Cup team against Poland in the Group II first round, advancing her team to the World Group Playoff in April.
A win in April would put the U.S. in contention for the Fed Cup title next year. The draw for the playoffs is Tuesday.
Williams needed just one hour to snatch a 6-1, 6-2 win against Poland's No. 2 player Magda Linette and record the 19th victory of her Fed Cup career.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe teamed up and shot down Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Paula Kania 6-1, 7-5 to keep the U.S. undefeated in the tie.
... Simona Halep won a crucial point for Romania in a three-set battle against the Czech star Petra Kvitova, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to increase Romania's lead to 2-1 at their Fed Cup first-round matchup. ... Belinda Bencic upset Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 7-6 (4), 6-3 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over Germany.
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WNBA: Glory Johnson says her twin daughters are out of the hospital and back home with her after they were born premature last fall. The former WNBA All-Star said she was 24 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to her twins — Ava Simone and Solei Diem — on Oct. 12. Johnson said Ava Simone has been home for about two weeks and Solei Diem came home nearly a week ago. Solei Diem had to stay in the hospital longer to undergo laser eye surgery.
Men's tennis: Top-seeded Richard Gasquet overcame abdominal pains to defend his Open Sud de France title with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Paul-Henri Mathieu in an all-French final in Montpellier, France.
... Victor Estrella Burgos rallied from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 to retain his title on clay in the Ecuador Open in Quito. ... Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 to win the inaugural Sofia Open. in 1 hour, 22 minutes for his fourth career title.