By: Associated Press
& Dave Collins, Eagle Radio Sports Director
Western Nebraska native Nate Lashley finished off a spectacular Waste Management Phoenix Open with a top-three finish and a huge payday Sunday.
Lashley shot a tournament total 14-under par to finish in a third place tie with Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson. Lashley earned $386,900 from this week's event.
Lashley is a graduate of Mitchell High School.
Webb Simpson birdied the final two holes of regulation to force a playoff with Tony Finau, then won the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole. Finau missed an 18-foot birdie try in the playoff on the par-4 18th after driving left into the church pew bunkers. Simpson two-putted for birdie from the fringe on the short par-4 17th and made a 17-footer for birdie from the edge of the green on the 18th. Finau missed a chance to win in regulation when his 8-foot birdie try slid right.