Gary Woodland wins Phoenix Open in a playoff

Rickie Fowler grabs one-shot lead at Waste Management Phoenix Open

American Gary Woodland claimed an emotional victory in the Waste Management Phoenix Open after coming through a play-off against Chez Reavie.

After bogeying the infamous 16th hole, Reavie responded with not one, but two birdies, on his final two holes, highlighted by a 21-foot putt on hole No. 18, to head to a playoff with Gary Woodland.

Aaron Baddeley was the best of the Australian contingent finishing 10 shots behind Woodland and Reavie for a tie of 26th, while Marc Leishman was a shot further back in joint 31st.

They returned to the par-four 18th where Woodland was in a fairway bunker and Reavie in the fairway off the tee.

Reavie missed the green left in the playoff and couldn't get an 11-footer to fall.

It was Woodland's third PGA Tour title and first since August 2013 after a year he called the "hardest of my life".

"I couldn't wait for 2018 to start", said Woodland, who somehow made it to the Tour Championship last season. "And sure enough today it all clicked and I made some putts early, gave me some confidence and really hit the ball well coming down the stretch". After 5 birdies on the front 9, Woodland was making a lot of noise and the cameras started to pay attention.

"Yeah, that was just kind of a tribute to previous year", he said of 2017, when Jaxson was born a month premature in June after his twin sister was lost in a miscarriage.

The couple had been expecting twins but lost one of the children in a tough 2017 for the family.

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“For him to be here, its obviously a miracle, ” Woodland said.

Brendan Steele and Ollie Schniederjans shared third place on 269.

Fowler and DeChambeau both carded five-under 66s at TPC Scottsdale for 10-under-par 132 totals, one stroke clear of compatriots Daniel Berger and Chez Reavie.

Also in a tie for 11th place was world number two Jon Rahm who was over par for the final round himself. "I had no idea where he hit it because I was so upset that that even happened". That would have been a really good finish, to birdie the last four.

"I was just excited that I still had a chance to win the tournament", said Reavie, who served this event as a standard bearer for many years as a kid. He followed that miscue with three straight birdies for a final round 64.

In earning his third PGA tour win, Woodland held off some big names.

Elsewhere, it was a great week for Phil Mickelson who finished in a tie for 5th despite a double-bogey on 18.

Reavie bogeyed the 16th to slip two behind but nearly pitched in on his way to birdieing the next and then drained a 20-foot gain at the last to take the contest to extra holes.

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