Phoenix Open: Scottie Scheffler wins by two shots to return to world number one

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Scheffler hit a bogey-free final round
-19 S Scheffler (US); -17 N Taylor (Can); -14 J Rahm (Spa); -13 J Thomas (US); -12 J Day (Aus); -11 S Burns (US), S-J Im (Kor), J Spieth (US), T Hatton (Eng)
Selected others: -10 R Fowler (US); -7 S Power (Ire); -5 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -4 R McIlroy (NI); -2 A Rai (Eng)
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American Scottie Scheffler regained the world number one ranking by successfully defending his Phoenix Open title with a two-shot win.

The 26-year-old Masters champion finished on 19 under par after carding a six-under 65 on the final round.

Canada’s Nick Taylor was second with Spain’s Jon Rahm a further three shots back.

“I’m just proud with how I fought today, I didn’t have my best stuff,” Scheffler told CBS.

“I grinded it out today, I wasn’t hitting it good off the tee, my irons weren’t as sharp, but I played a great round of golf today.”

Scheffler replaces Rory McIlroy – who finished tied for 32nd on four-under – at the top of the world rankings, having previously held the number one spot for 30 weeks until October.

He started the final round with a two-stroke lead but saw that halved immediately as both Taylor and Rahm birdied the first.

He hit back with birdies on the second and third holes, while Rahm’s challenge faded with a bogey at eight.

With six holes remaining, Taylor and Scheffler were tied for the lead before the American drained an eagle putt on the 13th to take outright control.

Scheffler then holed a 15-foot clutch putt on the par-three 16th to preserve his advantage before a comfortable par on the last sealed his fifth title on the PGA Tour, and his first since his win at Augusta in April.

He is the third player to successfully defend a PGA Tour title this season after McIlroy at the CJ Cup and Max Homa at the Fortinet Championship.

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