This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
A LOT happened in the world of golf this past weekend, so much so that it's tough to know where to start. But here goes.
Closest to home, Tony Finau was AGAIN denied a first big career win, and this time in agonizing fashion. Webb Simpson caught Finau on the 72nd hole and then won the Phoenix Open on the first playoff hole. Earlier on Sunday, Graeme McDowell won the Saudi International for his first European Tour title since 2014, opening a plethora of opportunities for the 40-year-old Northern Irishman. Maybe even more importantly from the Middle East, Phil Mickelson tied for third for his best showing in a year, and Brooks Koepka tied for 17th, meaning he will lose his No. 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy not this week but next.
Wow, that's a lot to pack into one paragraph. And yeah, the most important part may have been buried at the end. Now, the details.
Some top players don't win majors, but they at least win tournaments. Finau has been stuck on one measly opposite-field win for four years now. It really looked like Sunday was his time, but instead it turned into his sixth career runner-up.
Finau led Simpson by two strokes with three to play, and he went to the 18th with a one-stroke lead. Simpson needed to sink a 17-footer for birdie and then hope that Finau missed his birdie try from nine feet. Both happened. Then Simpson birdied 18 again in the playoff, and