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Recent Winners and Notables

2020: Webb Simpson (-17, 267)

Defeated Tony Finau (not entered) on the first playoff hole with birdie. … Final round 69 included birdies on the last two holes to force a playoff. … Becomes the fourth playoff winner in the last five years. … Played in the final group with Finau on Sunday. … Posted 63-64 (Rounds 2 and 3) to get into final group … Lost a playoff here to Matsuyama in 2017. … Joined Fowler as becoming a winner here after previously losing a playoff. Both did it three years after they lost. CHEZ REAVIE IS NEXT! … Entered the week on fire from T3 at Sony and four consecutive top 10s. … Won in his 10th attempt. … Fifth top 10 in eight weekends here. … TOUR win No. 6.

Notables:

Tony Finau (P2; not entered) posted 62 on Saturday, the lowest round since the 2014 redesign. … Nate Lashley (T3) hit the podium on his debut. … Justin Thomas (T3) closed with 65, co-low round of the day, for his second podium in two years. … Bubba Watson (T3) picked up his fifth T5 or better in his last nine visits. … Max Homa (T6) was the only player in the top seven to post a round above par (72; Rd 1). … Scott Piercy (T6) has had plenty of success in the deserts on TOUR over the years but he was a late WD last week. … Adam Long (8th) MC on debut in 2019. … Billy Horschel (T9) also posted 63 during the week (Rd 1). … Defending champion Rickie Fowler (T37) opened with 74 and never factored. … Two-time winner JB Holmes (T16) opened 64-65 to lead by one after 36 holes. … Wyndham Clark (T34) opened with 61, setting the “new” course record in just his second visit. … Only 10 rounds over par from the top 24 players all week.

2019: Rickie Fowler (-17, 267)

Led by four after 54 on 20-under and won by two. … Became first player to win with a double bogey AND triple bogey (74) on the final round card since 1983. … Lost in a playoff in 2016 (Matsuyama) and 2010 (Hunter Mahan). … Led by one after 36 holes. … Shared 18 hole lead after 64. … Only winner of the last six to rank inside the top 10 (1st) in Strokes-Gained: Putting. … First 54 hole leader to close the deal since Phil Mickelson (not entered) 2013. … Continued his run of T11 or better in four of the last five WMPO. … Won in his 11th attempt. … Fifth TOUR win.

Notables:

Justin Thomas (3rd) closed with 72 after opening with 64 to share the first round lead. … Chez Reavie (T4) posted 64 in round three, co-low round of the week. … Bubba Watson (T4) stalled out with 71 in the final round. … Matt Kuchar (T4) sat four back in the final group on 16-under before 75 knocked him back. … Debutant Sungjae Im (T7) posted four rounds in the 60s. … Defending champion Gary Woodland (T7) closed with 72. … Jon Rahm (T10) couldn’t eclipse his T5 on debut as an undergrad at Arizona State. … Harold Varner III (T10) also shared the first round lead after 64. … Webb Simpson (T20) picked up his worst finish here. … Wet, cloudy and cool in the final round.

2018: Gary Woodland (-18, 266)

Knocked out Chez Reavie on the first playoff hole. … Began Sunday three off the lead of Rickie Fowler (T11). … Posted 64 in the final round to force a playoff. … 64 was the low round of the day by two shots and co-low round of the week. … Chipped in from 30 feet for par on No. 4. … All six winners since the redesign have been in the top six in Par-Breakers as Woodland led the field. … Entered the week off T12 Farmers and T7 Sony. … Won in ninth attempt. … Third win on TOUR.

Notables:

Hideki Matsuyama’s attempt to become the only player to win three straight titles was derailed after 69-WD after Round 1. … Arizona State alum Chez Reavie (P2) holed a 21-footer to force the playoff. … Brendan Steele (T3) picked up his eighth consecutive T26 or better. … Matt Kuchar (T5) was the only player in the top 10 to post a round of 71 or worse. … Brian Gay (T9) signed for his first, and last, top 10 since 2009. … Martin Laird (T9) loves this desert and the Las Vegas desert. … Bill Haas (T26) shot 64 in Round 1 to lead by one. … Chris Kirk (T11) and Billy Horschel (T43) opened with 65 to join Fowler one back. … Fowler also co-led after 36 and was the 54 hole leader by one over Reavie and Jon Rahm (T11).

Key stat leaders

Top golfers in each statistic on the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week.

* – Top 10 finish here since 2016 or past champion

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