Brian Cooper wins the Southwest PGA 72nd Arizona Open Championship

Took place at Troon Country Club on August 20th

At the start of the 72nd Arizona Open Championship, Brian Cooper noted that he was putting the best of his career and that his confidence was so high with his putter that he felt he could make every single putt. That’s exactly what he did for his last two holes in regulation and in the playoff as Cooper captured the championship title on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff over 2013 Arizona Open Champion, Craig Hocknull.

Cooper, 49, from Phoenix, entered the final round tied with amateur Ken Tanigawa for the lead at 6-under par. They had a two-shot lead over five competitors at the start of the final round, which quickly disappeared after Cooper and Tanigawa made bogey on No. 2 and Chris Satterlee, playing one group ahead of them, birdied two of his first three holes.

After making a birdie at No. 8, Cooper was tied for the lead at 6-under with Satterlee, the 2014 Arizona Open champion, and Hocknull, who made a move to the top of the leaderboard after making birdies on Nos. 7 and 8.

Hocknull, 41, of Gilbert, AZ., continued his hot streak with birdies at Nos. 11 and 12, and after Cooper made birdies of his own at Nos. 10 and 12, both competitors were tied atop the leaderboard as Satterlee, 30, of Phoenix, began to drop a couple spots.

Hocknull took a one-shot lead after making birdie on No. 15 and Cooper, playing in the final group, two groups behind Hocknull, made bogey.

Hocknull parred his remaining three holes and had a one-shot lead as Cooper faced a 25-foot putt to save par on No. 17, which he calmly drained.

On No. 18 Cooper hit his drive on the left side of the fairway and had 90 yards remaining needing a birdie to force a playoff with Hocknull.

Cooper hit his approach to 7 feet and made the birdie putt to force a sudden-death playoff with Hocknull for the championship title.

On the first hole of the playoff, both competitors headed back to No. 18, where Cooper had honors and hit his drive in the center of the fairway 70 yards from the hole. Hosknull’s drive landed in the fairway bunker and hit his approach shot on the green leaving him a lengthy putt for birdie, which he missed and made par.

Cooper had a 15-foot putt remaining for birdie and the championship title, which like Nos. 17 and 18 in regulation, he made and in doing so, captured his first Arizona Open title.

Cooper, a PGA Tour Latin America member and two-time Golf Channel “Big Break” participant, will next take part in the Champions Tour qualifying in November.

Tanigawa, 48, of Paradise Valley, AZ., finished tied for sixth place and earned low amateur honors. Jesse Mueller, from Phoenix, finished alone in third place at 5-under par for the Championship. Alex Chiarella, from Makawao, Hawaii, matched the low round of the championship carding a 65 in the final round that included an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys.

Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort and Troon Country Club were presenting sponsors of the 72nd Arizona Open Championship. Supporting sponsors include Lorente Golf and Fore Fun.