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February 07, 2011

Live Blog: Round 4 at the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open

1:10 p.m. That's it for the Live Blog today. We had a lot of contenders in the Give That Tour Player a Nickname contest, but Mike Z gets the prize for Tiger "The Sean Foley Project" Woods. If Mike Z sends me an email at editor@golf.com, we'll send him a hat. Thanks to everyone who read and commented. See you next time!

1:08 p.m. Suggested headline for Golf.com: "Nice Guys Finish First"

1:05 p.m. Wilson drains the putt for his second (!) win of the year. Heck, this FedEx Cup might be over by March.

1:04 p.m. Jason Dufner about 5 feet short with his putt. Chance to win for Mark Wilson.

1:03 p.m. Dufner's got a loooooooonnnnnnnngggg putt for birdie.

1:01 p.m. Whoa! Mark Wilson sticks his approach close to about 6 feet on 10. This could be over soon.

12:55 p.m. Good tee shot from Wilson on the par-4 10th; Dufner in the left rough. Some highlights from the Give That Tour Player a Nickname contest (still time for more entries):

Reader Mike Howard:

For Phil I would dub him "Phil.I.Am"  
For John Daley, I might dub him "Mayor Daley"  
For David Duval, "Square D"  
For Rickie Fowler, "Flat Hat"  
For Charles Howell III, "Thurston"  
For Steve Stricker, "The Cheese Wiz"

Reader Mike Z:

Tiger Woods: "The Sean Foley Project"

Reader Scott:

Tommy Two Flubs

Reader Michael Turner:

How about Davis "Can't buy me" Love

Reader Duke "Berman" Wilson:

Vijay Of Thee I Singh

12:53 p.m. Dufner leaves his short, has a tap-in, and Wilson drains his four-footer with confidence. Onto 10...

12:51 p.m. Wilson makes a good run at his birdie putt, but it runs past the hole. Dufner for the win...

12:49 p.m. Wilson has a long putt for birdie, Dufner much closer.

12:46 p.m. Reader Doug writes: THIS JUST IN - online "expert" labels a fairway metal a wedge in a Phil Mickelson photo. Magazine debates his future....STAY TUNED for update

Doug is refering to my misidentification of Phil's club in the photo below. Personally, I'm just glad they gave Doug his Internet privileges back after the last incident.

12:45 p.m. Wilson hits his drive into a right-side fairway bunker on 18. Dufner finds the thick rough on the right. Advantage: nobody.

12:40 p.m. Little-known PGA Tour rule change this year: Every tournament must end in a sudden-death playoff. At least that's what it feels like.

12:38 p.m. Hole order for sudden-death playoff: 18, 10, 17, 18

12:35 p.m. Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman plays it pretty straight on air, but she has more fun on Twitter. Here's Tilghman on Jason Dufner:

Jason Dufner in playoff w/Mark Wilson in Phx. Dufner lists sleeping as favorite hobby. He's in the zzzzzone. Don't wake him.

12:32 p.m. Tommy Two Gloves gets a big cheer from the fans when making par on 18 to finish at 14-under, but his mishap on 17 has given reader Scott a possible lead in today's Nickname Contest: "Tommy Two Flubs."  

12:29 p.m. Kyra Sedgwick is still the Closer as Wilson (-18) makes a good run at a birdie putt to win, but misses by a couple inches. Playoff between Wilson and Jason Dufner (-18) begins after these messages.

12:27 p.m. Even while walking dejectedly, notice how Phil's wedge driver or fairway wood is perfectly in line with his thigh. File Under: How to Walk Dejectedly Like a Tour Pro

Phil

Photo via Stephanie Wei.

12:25 p.m. Wilson, who barely missed the water with his tee shot, manages to hit his fairway bunker shot to about 18 feet. If he makes this, can he steal "the Closer" nickname from Kyra Sedgwick? Stay tuned...

12:22 p.m. Give That Tour Player a Nickname contest is heating up in the comments below. Good showing so far, but I still think it's wide open. Please keep posting.

12:19 p.m. Now Wilson almost dunks his tee shot on 18. I guess I won't be eating lunch anytime soon. With the pressure off, Two Gloves absolutely pounds one to the middle of the fairway.

12:17 p.m. Gainey makes a 7 (!) and drops to 14-under. Wilson (-18) makes another par. Birdie on 18 wins it for Wilson. Any predictions? I think he does it.

12:15 p.m. On his second chance, Two Gloves gets it on the green, but he'll have about 8 feet left for double-bogey. Meanwhile, co-leader Jason Dufner (-18) is warming up for a potential playoff.

12:13 p.m. Oh, no! Two Gloves tries to chip up to the 17th green, but the ball doesn't make it up and rolls back into the water, along with his chances to win this tournament. "I'm just trying to get it on the green," Gainey pleaded.

12:11 p.m. Still waiting for a Rules determination. While we've got some time, Tommy Two Gloves meet Jimmy Two Times...

12:06 p.m. Wilson (-18) pitches onto the green and he'll have about 18 feet for birdie. Two Gloves (-17) is asking for a Rules official before taking his drop.

12:01 p.m. Crazy stuff at the short par-4 17th. Gainey (-17) goes for the green and sends his ball into the water right, but not before almost getting a miraculous bounce from a hazard stake. Wilson's (-18) drive ends well right of the green and he'll have some work to do. Meanwhile, Dufner almost holes his bunker shot on 18 for birdie. He finishes as the co-leader at 18-under. Somewhere, Vijay Singh is saying, "I told you so."

11:59 a.m. Friend of the Blog Stephanie Wei sends in a photo of the scene at 18, via Twitter:

Impressed with the turnout for the Monday finish of the Phoenix Open. Here's the scene near 18...

18photo

11:58 a.m. Wilson (-18) and Gainey (-17) waiting on the tee at 17. I had a chance to meet both Wilson and Gainey on the range at the Bob Hope a couple weeks ago, and they each came across as decent, genuinely nice guys. Couldn't root against either one, but Two Gloves, a former assembly-line worker in South Carolina, has a chance to become the Tour's next folk hero.

11:54 a.m. We need more entries in our Give That Man a Nickname contest. Post your best idea for a new nickname for a Tour player (past or present) in the comments below. Winner gets a Golf Magazine hat. Check it out:

Golfhat

11:52 a.m. Checking Twitter for any good commentary....um, nope.

11:50 a.m. Two Gloves cringes when his birdie putt misses the cup to the left. Tap-in par. Wilson, with a little more left, makes a 2 and a half footer to stay at 18-under.

11:49 a.m. Wilson misses his birdie try and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee uses the T-word, timid.

11:48 a.m. Both Two Gloves and Wilson stick their shots within 10 or so feet on the famously rowdy 16th, which like Cinderella turned back into a normal par 3 at midnight on Sunday.

11:46 a.m. Jason Dufner is about to tie the lead at 18-under with a birdie on 17.

11:44 a.m. Friend of the Blog and SI Golf Group contributor Stephanie Wei of WeiUnderPar.com is at TPC Scottsdale this morning:

I'm surprised how many fans showed up. Dedication! No drunks or mini skirts spotted...yet. This whole Monday finish has completely thrown me off. It feels like Saturday to me.

11:42 a.m. Did you ever notice the guy on the European Tour logo looks like he's wearing a beret?

Eurotour

11:40 a.m. Two Gloves makes his birdie putt on 15, now within 1 shot of Mark Wilson.

11:35 a.m. Forced to lay up on the par-5 15th, Two Gloves (-16) sticks his approach to about 12 feet, while Wilson (-18) is much farther away. Things just got a little interesting...

11:32 a.m. Just saw the Transitions eyewear ad on the Golf Channel. For a nickname, how about Kenny "Shady" Perry?

11:30 a.m. Wilson lays up on 15. You would too with a two-stroke lead.

11:27 a.m. In case you missed it, Rickie Fowler shot 62 on Saturday. Fowler's scorecard for the week has more ups and downs than Charlie Sheen's career.

11:25 a.m. Wilson and Gainey tee off on the par-5 15th. Looks like a decent drive for Wilson. Gainey's leaks right and he might not have a chance to go for the green.

11:22 a.m. Scotland's Martin Laird is co-clubhouse leader at 16-under with Vijay Singh. According to Wikipedia, a Laird is a member of the gentry and is a heritable title in Scotland? 

11:19 a.m. Two Gloves (-16) just misses his birdie try on 14. He and Wilson (-18) both make pars. Two Gloves won't many better opportunities than that one.

11:14 a.m. Playing with a two-stroke lead, Wilson sensibly hits to the center of the green. Two Gloves lands his approach inside Wilson, but he's still got about 15 feet left for his birdie.

11:12 a.m. Mickelson (-11) makes par on 14, so the chances for that seven-stroke comeback look pretty slim, unlike Mickelson himself.

11:10 a.m. Best nicknames on Tour: Two Gloves, Boom-Boom, Big Easy. Worst nickname: Lefty. Is this really the best we could come up with for a guy like Mickelson?

11:07 a.m. Wilson (-18) and Gainey (-16) both find the fairway on the par-4 15th.

11:06 a.m. It's not a Golf.com Live Blog without a reader contest. In honor of Two Gloves Gainey, today we're playing the Give the Man a Nickname contest. Send in your best idea for a new nickname for a Tour player (past or present). The best entry will get a Golf Magazine hat. And no cheap Tiger jokes, you're better than that.

11:05 a.m. Wilson and Gainey both miss their birdie tries on 13 and make pars. Wilson still two shots ahead.

11:03 a.m. Your leader in the clubhouse? Old friend Vijay Singh, also two behind Wilson. But Vijay said Sunday that he has no plans to stick around for a potential playoff:

Q. How do you handle this now? There's guys that are going to finish up tomorrow. I think you're two strokes back from the leader.

VIJAY SINGH: I've got no chance. They're going to come back tomorrow and I think the leaders have two par-5s to go and 17, and they're good enough players to I think

Q. Will you leave tonight?

VIJAY SINGH: I'll leave tomorrow morning.

I'm sure Vijay's got a lot of commitments and he's right that his chances of ending in a playoff are slim to none, but I'm a big believer that "you never know." Did Vijay make the right call? Let us know in the comments below.

11 a.m. Welcome to Golf.com’s Special Waste Management Open Monday Finish. The contenders: 2011 Sony Opener winner Mark Wilson has a two-stroke lead on Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey. Both players will have the 20-foot putts for birdie on 13 that they marked in darkness Sunday night. Jason Dufner is also two back on the 14th. Jason Dufner is two-back and he’ll be starting on the 15th hole.

Golf Magazine senior writer Mike Walker will blog the final round of the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Play begins at 11 a.m. EST.

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