SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Hunter Mahan has been one of the most successful golfers not to win a tournament the last two years.

That’s not the case anymore.

Mahan came from four strokes back to win the Phoenix Open by a shot over Rickie Fowler on Sunday in a 1-2 finish for former Oklahoma State players.

Mahan, 27, had an eagle and a pair of birdies in a late four-hole span to finish at 16-under 268. It’s the second career victory for Mahan, whose first came at the 2007 Travelers Championship. He closed with consecutive bogey-free 6-under 65s.

Mahan played on the 2008 Ryder Cup team and had six top-10s in 2009, including a runner-up finish at the AT&T National. His earnings the last two years topped $5 million.

“It’s just finding a way to win. I just haven’t been able to do it,” he said. “So obviously it feels great to get off the year (to a good start). It gives me a lot of confidence in myself that I’m doing the right things in my game, and it feels great, it really does.”

Fowler, just 21 and a tour rookie, had a final-round 68 for the second runner-up finish of his young career.

South Korea’s Y.E. Yang also shot a 65 to finish at 14 under, two off the pace. Last year’s PGA Championship winner, Yang led until his tee shot went into the water at No. 17.

Mathew Goggin, Chris Couch and Charles Howell III tied for fourth at 13 under.


LPGA: Ai Miyazato won the HSBC Champions in Singapore to become the first LPGA Tour player in 44 years to sweep the first two events of a season, closing with 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Cristie Kerr.

Miyazato, 24, finished with a 10-under 278 total and earned $195,000 for her third career LPGA Tour victory — all outside North America. She won this year’s season opener in Thailand and the Evian Masters last year in France.

Kerr birdied No. 16 to take the lead at 10 under but bogeyed the final two holes for a 68.


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