Brooks Koepka chipped in from 32 yards for eagle on the 17th hole to break a tie for the lead and then parred the last for a one-stroke victory in the Phoenix Open.
Five strokes behind Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele entering the final round on Sunday, Koepka shot a six-under 65 to finish at 19-under 265. The four-time major champion also won in 2015 at TPC Scottsdale for the first of his eight PGA Tour titles.
On the 334-yard 17th, Koepka hit a fairway wood 305 yards to short and left of the green, then holed out to the largest roar of the day from the crowd limited to 5,000 a day – a fraction of the usual size but the most on tour during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back at full strength after lingering left knee and hip problems, Koepka rebounded from a bogey on the second with an eagle on the par-5 third and birdied holes 13 to 15.
Schauffele birdied the par-4 18th for a 71 to tie for second with South Korea’s Kyoung-Hoon Lee (68).
Steve Stricker, the 53-year-old US Ryder Cup captain who was trying to become the oldest winner on the PGA Tour, shot a 67 to tie for fourth with Spieth (72) and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz (64) at 17 under.
Australia’s Matt Jones finished in a tie for 30th after shooting a three-under 68 to finish 10 under.
Spieth and Schauffele struggled from the start, with Spieth bogeying the first hole. They each had two bogeys on the front nine, with Schauffele making the only birdie between the two on the front side on No.9.
They each drove into the water on 17 to end their chances, then both birdied 18.
James Hahn, three strokes ahead in the middle of the round, bogeyed four of the last eight holes to finish 10th at 15 under.