Woodland catches fire to win Phoenix Open for first victory since 2013


After parring the first extra hole to beat Chez Reavie in a Phoenix Open sudden-death play-off on Sunday, Gary Woodland, 33, collected his baby son Jaxson from his wife Gabby. He birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes on Sunday and posted the best round of the day, a seven-under par 64.

Reavie closed with a 66.

Reavie made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to force the PGA Tour's fourth straight playoff and the event's third overtime finish in a row.

2 Chez Reavie did everything well in making the playoff, but he was best in fairways hit (36/56, T10) and proximity to the hole on approach shots (35 feet, 8 inches; 11th best).

A record crowd of 216,818 filled the Stadium Course on Saturday, where 13 players head into the final round within three strokes of the lead. "I feel like I have a good chance to win here at some point in my career".

Reavie, a fellow Kansas native, led for much of the final round until a bogey at the par-3 16 dropped him to 16 under, two shots back of Woodland, who was in the house at 18 under.

Robert Garrigus had spectators in a frenzy after nearly making an ace on the par-four 17th, the flag-pole being the only thing to deny him the hole-in-one.

Ollie Schniederjans and Brendan Steele tied for third place at 15-under. But, needing an eagle on 18 to tie Woodland, he drove left into the church pew bunker that Woodland hit into in the playoff and made double bogey. Phil Mickelson was among four golfers that tied for fifth at minus-14. "I spent some time with Pete Cowen", he said. I mean, obviously, I knew what's been going on the last couple years, short game needed some adjustment. I didn't like, obviously, the last hole, but other than that it was a pretty solid week and that was the only over par score.

Woodland began Sunday three shots back of Rickie Fowler's lead.

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

European - Shubhankar Sharma won his second title after carding 10 birdies in a tournament-low 62 in the final round of the Maybank Championship on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Victor of his maiden title at the Joburg Open in December, his bogey-free round left him two shots clear of Spain's Jorge Campillo on 21-under-par at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

"I've always dreamt of winning, and now I'm a two-time victor on the Asian Tour and European Tour".

"I have a lot of people around me, which is a good thing, but everybody expects you to play well and when you don't have the results, that's tough", Woodland said.

Fowler and Dechambeau both shot rounds of 66 on Friday and are tied at ten under.