Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

Golf: Danny Lee's hopes dashed at Phoenix Open

Kiwi Danny Lee tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Photo/Getty
Kiwi Danny Lee tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Photo/Getty

Danny Lee's hopes of a second PGA victory disappeared with a rash of bogeys today at the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

Much like compatriot Lydia Ko the day before, Lee led the tournament into the final day before a slew of mistakes saw him surrender that advantage midway through the round.

He bogeyed the second, third and seventh holes to turn three over as he struggled to get his game under control.

Lee steadied with a birdie after the turn but then bogeyed two more holes as his good buddy Rickie Fowler overtook him and accelerated into a playoff with Hideki Matsuyama.

That went for four holes as both players birdied the par four 18th before Fowler bogeyed the 17th and Matsuyama parred to take the title.

Lee halted his troubles when he birdied the par five 15th and then the 17th to sign for a 73 and fourth place and pocket US$312,000 for his fourth place finish.

Fowler's form follows his victory in Abu Dhabi last month which moved him to fourth in the world golf rankings behind Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

Biggest movers on the final day were Harris English who swept into third with a final round 66 and Will Wilcox who surged into the top 10 with a closing round 65.


Lee's final round:

1st (par 4): Par. -13
2nd (par 4): Bogey. -12
3rd (par 5): Three-putts for bogey. -11
4th (par 3): Par. Now five tied for the lead. -11
5th (par 4). Par. -11
6th (par 4): Par. Now in four-way tie for lead. -11
7th (par 3): Bogey. Drops to second, one off the lead. -10
8th (par 4): Par. -10
9th (par 4): Par. -10
10th (par 4): Birdie. One shot off lead. -11
11th (par 4): Par. -11
12th (par 3): Fourth bogey. -10
13th (par 5): Par. -10
14th (par 4): Fifth bogey. -9
15th (par 5): A second birdie, -10

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