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February 8, 2016 - 2:17pm
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After a tough playoff-loss to Hideki Matsuyama at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday, Rickie Fowler tried hard -- but to no avail -- to fight back tears in his press conference.

In case you missed it on Sunday -- understandable because there was a pretty big football game going on -- Rickie Fowler was outlasted in a four-hole playoff by Hideki Matsuyama at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Fowler, working his way towards the "King of Cool" status that Fred Couples has enjoyed for a few decades, showed us a side of himself we've never seen before in a post-playoff presser.

Fowler has been one of the best players in the world for some time now, so his tough loss on Sunday was nothing to be ashamed of... but he was more than a bit disappointed.

"The hard part is having, you know, all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven’t seen me win, but I will be able to kinda hang with them tonight," Fowler said, fighting back tears. "I'll be all right. With how good I'm playing, I know I can win. Thats the hard part."

Here's the video:


As mesmerizing as it is to see guys like Fowler make an excruciatingly difficult game look so easy, it's refreshing when we're reminded they're human too.

As if Fowler didn't have enough fans already, one would have to think he gained even more here. 

Peyton Manning at Super Bowl 50
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Peyton Manning earned a lot of praise from PGA Tour ranging from Tiger Woods to Jordan Spieth on Super Bowl Sunday.
So what did you think of the Super Bowl? Personally, neither of my two favorite teams came anywhere close to the playoffs this season, so I watched the game with as little emotional attachment as maybe I've ever had.
Even so, it was fun to watch the game and banter back and forth while it was unfolding. A number of PGA Tour players also were interested in the game, and spent the entire time hashing out the happenings on social media.
Here's a rundown of some of the best comments from some of our favorite players, including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Luke Donald and more:
and finally:
Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama
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Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama needed 22 holes to decide the champion in Phoenix on Sunday.
The final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open was pretty exciting, as Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama jousting back and forth down the back nine and then through four holes of overtime. 
But we also know that their battle was at its peak just about the time the Super Bowl was kicking off, and didn't even until the game was well underway – and that even if you're the world's best channel flipper, you might have missed some of the great action.
So, without further ado, here's a quick video recap of the final round, along with a couple of interesting notes:
-- Fowler now is 2-2 in his PGA Tour career in playoffs. Both of his losses have come in Phoenix (Sunday, and 2009 at Grayhawk).
--Matsuyama got his victory a year after finishing second at TPC Scottsdale.
Here you go: 
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Jon Curran gets calf-deep in the pond at the 17th hole Saturday.

If getting up-and-down from a bunker is called a "sandy," then perhaps what Jon Curran pulled off Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open could be referred to as a "soggy."

Curran's tee shot at the 17th hole wound up at the edge of the lake surrounding the green, but the ball was resting on some cattails. So Curran took off his shoes and socks, rolled up the pants and decided to hit it from the hazard rather than taking the penalty.

Technically, it's not really an up-and-down, since Curran needed two putts for his par. But since we've defining a new term, we can call it anything we like. As in, "pretty good shot from a lousy lie."

Ha Na Jang is pretty handy with the putter as a martial arts weapon, as evidenced by these "golf ninja" moves.

Chi Chi Rodriguez has delighted us for years with his "bullfighting" swordplay after a particularly good putt.

But Ha Na Jang may have done him one better Saturday after sinking the winning putt at the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship in Ocala. Jang goes full golf ninja here after her first LPGA tournament victory.



This has been one great winter for the South Korean. A week ago in the Bahamas, Jang recorded the LPGA's first albatross for an ace.



And her enthusiasm should come as no surprise. The LPGA put together a highlight reel of her fist pumps from last season.



All in all, a thoroughly entertaining result for a thoroughly entertaining golfer.