PGA Tour
Mahan rallies to win Phoenix Open



Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - Hunter Mahan posted a bogey-free, six-under 65 Sunday to win the Phoenix Open by one stroke over Rickie Fowler.

Mahan, who played the final 36 hole at the TPC Scottsdale without a bogey, finished at 16-under-par 268. It was his second PGA Tour title.

"It means a lot. Where I was on Friday, making the turn at even-par, to play the way I did down the stretch and make some of the putts I needed to, it feels great," said Mahan, who earned $1.08 million for the win. "I played great. Tee to green it was flawless and boy is feels good."

Fowler, who was trying to become the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods in 1996, closed with a three-under 68 to end one back at minus-15.

Reigning PGA Champion Y.E. Yang owned the lead after four straight birdies on the back nine. However, a bogey at 17 left him two back at 14-under-par 270 after he shot a six-under 65 in the final round.

On a day when six different players owned at least a piece of the lead, Mahan caught fire on the back nine to soar into the lead.

Mahan birdied the sixth and ninth to make the turn at 12-under. He trailed by one heading to the back nine, but that deficit grew when Yang caught fire.

Yang made eagle on the 10th, then poured in four straight birdie efforts from the 12th to soar into the lead at 15-under. However, Yang pulled his drive into the water at the short par-four 17th. That led to a bogey and he parred the last to get in at minus-14.

Mahan hit three-wood to eight feet at the par-five 13th and rolled in that eagle putt to move within one of Yang's lead. Mahan grabbed a share of the lead at 15-under with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 14th.

The 27-year-old Mahan sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-three 16th to take the lead at 16-under. He two-putted for par on the final two holes, then had to watch and see if Fowler could catch him.

"The putt [on 18] was so straight. I was looking for something, but it was dead straight and I put a good stroke on it," said Mahan, who played most of the round with a back-up driver after he found a crack in his original driver on the second hole.

"It was a great to have a round that mattered and really be in contention again and do what I did."

Fowler ran home a 35-footer for birdie on the fifth to grab a share of the lead at 13-under. He parred seven in a row from the sixth.

On the back nine, Fowler converted seven-foot birdie putt on the 13th and came right back with a 20-foot birdie putt on 14 to join Mahan at 15-under.

Fowler couldn't keep up though. He made an interesting decision to lay up on the par-five 15th. Fowler was unable to make birdie there, then missed a 14- foot birdie effort on the 16th.

"In the position I was, I may have gone for it if I was a few back, but the tournament isn't won on 15, the way I look at it," Fowler explained of his decision to lay up on 15.

"I felt really comfortable getting a wedge in my hand with a good number that I had and hit it a little soft. I thought I could hit it in there close and give myself a chance at birdie. With the pin in front, if you miss left or right there, it's a tough up and down."

The former Oklahoma State star parred the 17th and was just under 30 feet from the hole at the last. Fowler's birdie effort to force a playoff slid by the right edge giving Mahan his second PGA Tour title.

Charles Howell III, Mathew Goggin and Chris Couch all closed with three-under 68s to share fourth place at 13-under-par 271. Vaughn Taylor was one back at minus-12 after a 68 of his own.

Camilo Villegas, who owned at least a piece of the lead after the first two rounds, closed with a 71 to share eighth, with five other players, at minus-11.

Third-round leader Brandt Snedeker faltered to a seven-over 78 to tumble into a share of 43rd at seven-under-par 277. That means just three of eight 54-hole leaders or co-leaders has hung on to win this season.

NOTES: Of the nine former champions that made the cut, Tom Lehman had the best finish at he tied to 14th at minus-10...Two-time winner Phil Mickelson shared 24th with 1993 champ Lee Janzen...Last year's champion Kenny Perry closed with a two-under 69 to end in a tie for 53rd at minus-five...The PGA Tour heads to Florida next week, where Yang will defend his title at the Honda Classic.

02/28 20:23:22 ET