Woodland wins Phoenix playoff

Justin Thomas goes from dream round to nightmare at Phoenix Open			Sam Greenwood  Getty Images

Justin Thomas goes from dream round to nightmare at Phoenix Open Sam Greenwood Getty Images

After holing his last putt, Woodland collected his baby son, Jaxson, from his wife, Gabby.

Speaking after the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Fowler said: "Obviously I was in a decent position with a few to play and just had a couple - I didn't really make bad swings but the drive on 15 I caught a little high on the face and it just kind of stayed straight to the left and typically I play a cut there on that hole". "I think it's been a big instrument in allowing me to get into the round and play and have fun and get out of the technical side, which is what I've been doing the first two weeks". "Just wanted her to know I still love her", he said.

After 4 top 10 finishes in 2017, Woodland just needed to put four great rounds together on the same weekend.

"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. Hopefully, its the start of something special.”.

A long-range two-putt from Reavie at the 13th saw him creep back ahead, only for Woodland to post back-to-back birdies from the 16th on his way to setting the clubhouse target at 18 under.

Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a seven-under 64 - the best round of the day - to finish at 18 under.

In the playoff on the 18th, Woodland hit short of the green from the left fairway bunker and chipped to 2 feet to set up his third PGA Tour victory. "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".

Sunday's crowd was estimated at 64,273 for a record week-long total of 719,179.

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Eighteen players are bunched within three shots of the leaders, including Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm, who are both on seven-under.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer tied for fifth at 14 under after a 69.

"That was just kind of a tribute to previous year", he said. I didn't even know that I did that.

Needing an eagle down 18 to tie Woodland, he drove it into trouble, hacked back into play and ultimately came away with a six. "I mean, I really had it going". Woodland had not won a PGA Tour event since 2013, and he was happy to get back into the winner's circle.

After holing his last putt, he looked up and pointed to the sky.

Reavie is a local Scottsdale resident who played for Arizona State in college.

Now 10th in driving distance this season (313.9 yards), Woodland has always been one of the PGA TOUR's heavier hitters, but pal Matt Kuchar noticed he had taken it to another level when the two played a nine-hole practice round together the Tuesday before the WMPO. "That's one of the best clubs in my bag".

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