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last two days. >> well, he might try doing it a little different way than he did on the 72nd hole. but i'm sure he'd love to have it where it ended up. >> he definitely used another gear on that tee shot. he has more speed when he wants it. >> so i would play it just inside the church pews for a little baby cut for him. >> cutting a little bit up the right side. but this, i think, will be okay. >> good shot, rog.
18, rickie and hideki playoff. pebble beach, one of your favorite spots, johnny, the "morning drive" crew can show you how to make the most out of your trip to the most famous golf course in america. don't miss the "morning drive" view tomorrow at 7:00 on golf channel. >> it's going to be great weather. 74 degrees tomorrow. back here to the fairway, rickie hanging back a little bit. >> in the tournament that's been around for 80 years. first playoff 2011, mark wolfner beat jason deckner. rickie would move into the top ten with a victory, and matsuyama would be there with ten. >> rickie is walking slowly for
trying to gather himself, i think. >> i like that, johnny. >> yeah, i do, too. i think that's very smart. slow everything down. take your time. >> matsuyama will play first. as you look at the long history in the tournament. you look at the international winners who won through the years. hideki matsuyama with a chance to join that group, vijay singh. and bobby lott back in 1948 winning here in the valley of the sun. the americans have taken charge of it the last phoenix opens. they've won the last anticipate. >> bobby locke, one of the greatest that ever lived. even though i was in diapers when he played. >> i played with bobby locke. >> once?
>> i played him at oakmont, riding behind right behind him i should say. >> 119 yards left for hideki. a nice clean line. flag in the front here. willing to -- only dangerous, short, kickoff to the right. johnny. >> i think both of them realize probably going to take a birdie to win it. they've got to be thinking birdie.
>> that was crisp. >> rickie's got a big opening here. that was not a particularly wonderful shot by hideki. >> 116, sand iron. not as good an angle. take that aim. >> ooh, way short. quite a slope up the hill for it. i'm not sure he caught all of that. it's short. >> take a look at this swing. able to catch something, really nice solid right there. got a lot of give on that. i'm not sure he got all of that. >> looks pretty heavy to me. >> no.
to say, maybe i didn't hit it as well as i could have. but got way behind. one of the bigger divots we've seen all week from rickie. >> if you're trying to hit it close, you got to take the risk of hitting it short to throw it in and cope with that first bounce. >> right. i've got to believe it's revenge of hideki matsuyama, huh? down the hill with rickie. of course, he did pitch one iron, rickie did. >> i don't think rickie has the kind of pitch shot that he can land it on the green. >> probably a wonderful spot to be, really. stake. it's one of those nerve-racking shots you've got to make.
different clubs, huh, roger? >> well, we'll see if that swatch happens here for fowler once again. >> i'm looking at that green again, johnny, it's very close as to whether he can land it on the green. he has to really, really pinch it to get it to do that. >> well, there's your answer. textbook, right. >> you ran it in, you know, the size of a basketball hoop, right where he wanted. >> matsuyama will have a chance
putt it out. so, hideki is going to have to battle here, it's going to take two straight birdie. and he did exactly what roger described. he kind of bumped it into the hill just short of the green. textbook. executed perfectly by fowler with the pressure packed on. >> all right. matsuyama, this putt away from putting away the waste management phoenix open to go along with jack in 2014. >> david, a little left-to-right putt here? >> yeah, not much. the green, not a whole lot going on on the bottom part of the green. downhill, very quick.
fowler survives it. clutch by him for the tap-in par, and matsuyama unable to convert the potential birdie winner. back to the tee at 18, they go as we play out in scottsdale. so we know how to cover almost anything. even a stag pool party. (party music) (splashing/destruction) (splashing/destruction) (burke) and we covered it, october twenty-seventh, 2014. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two.
waste management phoenix open continues at tpc scottsdale, following fowler and matsuyama coming off a playoff. and till tied, we'll head to the 10th, see if it can't be decided there. >> well, you would think with the pressure and everything that one of them might crack. not like this hole's a piece of cake.
another one down here. >> ball looking really good there. a little bit left to his left. looking really good. >> man, this guy can drive it with a solid iron. a bit of a divot there. >> now, it's funny with all of the noise and distraction all week, all of a sudden, it got quiet. and those little noise, noticeable. >> yeah, they kind of blend in earlier in the week, don't they? >> yeah, that's right. all of the people are real golf fans.
fowler and matsuyama making their way up to another couple brilliant tee shots here at 18. sudden death playoff. second time now to 18. again, just going to take a third, back to the 10th, back to 17th, back to 18. but maybe it will be decided here. the eighth oldest event on the pga tour. first plays in 1932.
tournament is growing, at that time, the population of phoenix and the surrounding community, johnny, was around 70,000. there are 2-plus million in that population category now. of course, we know how this has set records in attendance this week. so, this phoenix open, this tournament especially. >> they used to play at the phoenix country club on different years. tournaments that all great players played in. important tournament. >> yes. it's the time of year in the early '60s, here we are in 2016 in the desert with 23-year-old matsuyama and 27-year-old
>> also, that wedge shot, you guys take over from here. >> matsuyama awaiting. >> david, don't you think being as they both have wedge shots, wouldn't you want to be the first one to hit? you could really put on a lot of pressure. >> well, technical difficulties with david's mike right now. trying to get that taken care of. you can seat drive, 322. . so, we'll see, roger if that puts a little pressure on fowler with a nice wedge. >> as before, you have to take on that front edge. you land it short you're coming
but you can't land it too far on if you're going to hit it stone dead to the hole. >> way up in the air. >> right over it. a little checkup on it. >> but he gets on it, not much break. >> from above. >> really hit a solid strike there. like you said, almost got caught up in the flag or the flagstick. and leaves himself just a little break right.
>> fowler's stepping in. 102. >> time for a leaner. that's definitely carrying a little farther north. >> a little birdie putting contest from there. again. remember what they did in regulation. >> we've been talking about it all week. how popular he is. here's a nice wide view of his friends watching this approach. so, rickie trying to finish it off. off. a battle. from regulation, this is coming off of a bird day from
birdie evened it up there. rickie going over and getting a good look at it. absolutely dead perfect. and he played it straight. right in the middle. and here's the one that looked like it might not drop. to the right edge and then came back for some reason. >> so, that was regulation. first playoff hole they exchanged it. rickie got it lined up for birdies. >> there's the ricketts as you call them. >> fowler is two inches farther away from matsuyama. 14 feet 6 inches, versus 14, 4. >> roger, did you get a good
>> yeah. >> you can determine who might be away. rickie's going first. >> i think you got to stay with the left side, johnny. if you hit it without any speed which is the way you hit this putt, it's got to die to the right. i have to believe. >> you think so, with phoenix that way, the whole hole sort of slopes that way. not a lot of break. both of these putts are not tough putts, except when you're nervous. >> and the tournament is on the line. rickie continues to enhance his late playoff reputation and land another one at the bottom. this type, he goes first. this is the opposite of
another one! >> that was pure. couldn't have done better. no help on that one, it was just right in the middle. >> well, the fowler fans wake up. they can sense it. >> probably going on orange over yellow plaid with matsuyama here. matsuyama has a chance to do what rickie did to him on top of the birdie. >> how much of a ticket here? is it worth it? >> pretty good tough,stuff, david. welcome to the crew. >> not that tough a putt. think he can make it inside left
or maybe even left center. >> this to move on to the 10th. >> oh, i knew it right away! at the puts it in that the second time, matsuyama and fowler exchange birdies to move it on to a third sudden death hole at 10. >> that's really impressive. >> yeah. >> i mean, that's impressive. matsuyama's birdie.
>> yeah. >> you got the feeling that maybe rickie birdied this hole three times now. it birdied it friday. he birdied it regulation today. birdied it again at 18. maybe he thought he had enough of it. hideki comes back and matches it again. >> i think hideki is a really fine player. he's moving into his own at 23 years old. he could be in the top-five best players rankingwise. i mean, he's shown that he's got the right stuff by the way he makes he's putts. and just pure shots.
made the turn, he has gotten the ball perfectly, really, almost every hole has gotten away with one hole in regulation. with the exception of that, he too. >> yeah, it's impressive, like we talked about in regulation, he does not need to hit a driver here, but because of that little cut, he just goes with it. >> flat, rickie's looking right into the arizona sun which will set at a little after 6:00 local time. >> right. big bunker on the right, folks. big bunker. you've got to be careful to overcut this. not that it's terrible to be in that bunker. but you might be in the fairway. >> this one not cutting.
down in that little hollow. certainly can see it but he knew right away that this one didn't feel good. >> he didn't even want to watch it. >> matsuyama who has put on a clinic here of late to take advantage. >> he hasn't hit a bad shot in a long time, beautiful. the. >> the flag is on the skinny side there, on the left. so, if matsuyama can put this in the fairway, definitely, definitely in the strong spot. rickie may not be good there. >> it looks beautiful from here.
>> yep. >> it might get a hop there. but matsuyama in the back hole location. he's got a good location. fowler, not so good. >> they birdied the 18th in regulation. at the end of the first playoff hole, and then the second time they played it, fowler went first. followed up by matsuyama who was so confident, he knew just after it got out of the way he was headed to the second. and the third hole sudden death continues in the desert. (ding) (ding) (ding) (ding) (ding)
hideki matsuyama and rickie fowler cup up to the tee shot at the 10th. the gallery has increased. danny lee who plays there in the final group, the 54-hole leader. bubba watson over there with the shorts, walking next to him. steve sands, we join you. year out there somewhere. >> we are, to the right of danny lee. danny good friends with rickie fowler. and knows hideki as well. bubba watson very close with
rickie, whenever he plays the arnold palmer he stays at bubba's house. they've shared championship all around the world. a couple of friends out here watching their other friends trying to pick up a pga victory. >> and also, the boys video. taking a big backseat. >> set up this fowler shot at 10, roger. >> i don't like the lie of the ball he has. 152. he's on a bit of an upslope which helps. the grain of the grass, johnny, the ball is sitting down and the grass is not warm, but the grain is coming against him. he's going to have a tough time spinning this ball. >> you go through it you lose club head speed.
>> yeah, he called that ball. >> yeah, he bladed that ball. hit it in the belly. in the equator. one way to get it up there, i guess. >> rickie over the green. mats yaumuyama with an even closer look. you can see as it ascends, this blade hits the ball first. >> it's a skull. what do you call that a skull-barren shot. he did hit it over the green earlier. >> matsuyama can put big time pressure on rickie now. >> yeah, 133 yards. i have to think, you know, it's a pitching wedge, certainly, but can he get there with a big sand wedge as they're getting to the greens here. he's going to out. it right of the hole, i'm sure, johnny. >> good angle, though. he's got a little, you know,
he should take advantage of it. >> and what little draft there is out here is in the space, which actually helps with this shot. >> players i talked to said this green and number 1 are the firmest greens on the course. where you get the biggest bounce. >> he has pitching wedge. not all of it. >> he didn't like that shot. >> do you see how hard that green is? >> much harder than the other one. >> matsuyama with a chance to apply the pressure doesn't really do what he wanted.
>> yeah. >> he knew that it was going to come up well short. so, the second time that hideki matsuyama is going to have a chance to win it. >> rickie's given him some openings. rickie hid a poor drive, a poor second and a poor third. that equalizes the putter sometimes. >> well i'm not sure that you can really try to make this one that he's got. with that stuff and leave it up to rickie. it's kind of up the hill a little bit. downcrest. left to right. very fast to the hole as you said, john. >> see if rickie can make another pressure putt. it's hard to keep your sort of
know, hole after hole pressure golf. >> kind of surprised he doesn't have the flag end here in this situation. >> some people like it in, some don't. >> 36 feet to win it. >> is he going to make it? no. a little too frisky with it. >> he took it back like it was an uphill putt. >> looks like it might have ran in the back of the cup there for a second. >> it was a good putt. it was in. >> it was motoring. >> let's take a look at it one more time, watch how far back he takes it. downhill putt. >> that looked great back there.
again, he is not if for par. obviously, neither is fowler. he's well outside for his attempt right now. >> this is not an easy putt. >> this is pulling right. very hard putt. you have to hit it perfectly to hole it. you're not going make a mistake and get away with it here. >> just like that. >> he kind of mirrors tiger woods. you know, he's just got that gear like jordan spieth. that gear with the putter that can just make a clutch shot. >> the players championship comes into mind with rickie, 6
regulation. then all the incredible shots for birdies island green at 17. just continuing on from there. looking for his fifth victory in the last nine months. that would be more than spieth, more than day, more than mcillry. and matsuyama to move it to the 17th and the fourth playoff hole. >> rickie just shrank the holes. >> for sure. zmrts >> it's not a hard putt, inside right or something. >> 26 holes without a bogey. now to the fourth playoff hole. well, golf is the name of the
and this playoff, right through kickoff. who knows how long this is going to go. bubba and danny lee are enjoying it. this guy just when you think he might crash, comes up with a beautiful shot. that well outside of the hole and matsuyama. solid. as they go over to the 17th. the short par 4. again, that was the hole that got rickie into problems earlier in regulation when he had a two-shot lead and became the 17th. this was again, johnny, the choice of club. >> he had a two-shot lead. you can't need to hit the driver. just hit something laid up with
and try to make birdie from there. not take water into play. if you pull it in the water also with a 3 wood, you can get away with those misses. >> fowler's only bogey of the day. drops to 13 under with matsuyama they've both tied for what's seen in regulation. then they went off to the first playoff hole. here we are in the fourth playoff hole. gary koch, haven't heard from you in a while. know you're still there. >> absolutely. boys are coming back to a very interesting drivable par 4 17th. seen is a little of everything today. eagles made. plenty of birdies and occasional bogeys. not a great designed drivable par 4, but great location right here it the end. >> pretty good throng of people going down the right side of the hole. you see those, gary.
>> this is a great play offhole right here. i think one player will make birdie and one won't. this will be the end of it. >> different club collection for rickie this time, rog. >> no driver this time, fellas. it looks to be the 5 wood, too. it looks to be shorter wood. i don't believe it's a 3. >> back there in the shade. it doesn't seem long enough to be a 3 wood. >> setting up to the right this time, johnny. trying to play a draw. >> el were, he is shaping it right to left. oh, in the water, again. that is now the ninth time that
ball in the water on this par 4 hole in his career here at the tpc scottsdale. >> ninth time, gary? >> ninth time. >> that's hard to believe. >> ninth time. he's where the cat tails have been cut down, johnny. we've seen some players be lucky. >> roll up the pant legs and give it a try. >> we'll have to wait and see. >> that ball went down. you couldn't get it out of there with a cherry bomb. >> and matsuyama also with less than driver. >> that will be less than left as well. >> should be just fine.
stay with us. back here at the 17th. the fourth extra hole. the waste management phoenix open. rickie fowler. rog, any chance that he might play it? >> no, it is down in the water. and not playable. so he will have to drive and pitch across the desert with not a whole lot of green to work with. >> well, we've had ten players hit their tee shots in the water today. only three have been able to make par. >> rickie and their caddie probably going to do some talking about how they played this hole if this ends right here.
number, right, gary? >> yeah, obviously, with having hit the ball in the water as many times as he has, like you said, johnny, you might think about a different strategy. that goes in the water, it's not easy to get it up and down. >> well, gary, i think the ball went into the hazard a little farther left than you with across the water. he doesn't have to do that. but it's still not a lot of green to work with it. >> yeah, i thought it went in more left than where he figures it went in. just a little bit. >> well, they have marshals there. and the marshals mark the spot where the ball last crosses the
so, you have to rely on them. looks like they'll determine who -- >> they'll make that determination. and he's pointed at rickie. it will be rickie's play. >> probably going to go in the hole for rickie, with birdie. >> just his style. over. >> had a little twitching sound to it. hasn't traveled as far as he wanted to. >> a tiny bit of scoop in it. added a little loft.
right hand worked under quite a bit. >> yeah. >> added loft to impact. >> all right, matsuyama, very straightforward shot. very similar to the one he had in regulation. >> yep. just a little right-to-left down the hill. just needs to be careful not to overdo it. >> well, not his best. >> no, not over yet. >> matsuyama must be wondering what it takes to win this tournament, huh? >> he has played phenomenal golf here.
second and now in the playoff. and he's had seven-top five finishes on start on the tour since last season, that's the most by anyone without a victory. and that stands, though. hideki has been knocking on the door not only here but elsewhere, and just hasn't been able to finish it off. he's about ready to finish rickie off here in the fourth playoff hole. >> the pendulum has been swinging pointing towards both of them. different occasions here. either one of them could have won this. >> for par. >> this move a little left