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Gary Woodland wins Waste Management Phoenix Open for his family

07 February, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Gary Woodland in final-round action at TPC Scottsdale

Last year Woodland's wife, Gabby, had been due to give birth to twins, but one of them died during her pregnancy, leaving the couple heartbroken.

Gary Woodland (r) beat Chez Reavie in the Phoenix Open playoff.

"Really, I was in the zone, " Woodland said. "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". In short, it's a party that just happens to take place during a golf tournament and that, I'm afraid, could end up being a problem. On Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, he was in his father's arms at the trophy celebration after a playoff victory.

"He's a miracle and it puts this in perspective really good", Woodland said. "I still got some work to do, I still got to get more comfortable with the little things that I'm working on, but I'm excited about where were at". "Hopefully, it's the start of something special".

After holding a one-shot lead heading into the final round at TPC Scottsdale, the American fired a desperately disappointing two-over-par 73 to finish outside the top ten and six shots adrift of victor Gary Woodland - who defeated Chez Reavie in a play-off. He held a two-shot lead after Reavie bogeyed No. 16, but Reavie rallied to close with a pair of birdies, forcing a playoff with a 21-foot putt on the 18th hole.

Woodland won on the first playoff hole after shooting a 7-under 64 on the final round.

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.

It was the third victory of the 33-year-old Woodland's PGA Tour career, but it had been almost five years since his previous title, at the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open.

"It's been coming. We knew it the last month", Woodland said.

Daily bests were set on
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday on this occasion as the total was a staggering 719,179, comfortably beating last year's record of 655,434.

Brendan Steele and Ollie Schniederjans shared third place on 269.

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

Fowler, who was the 54-hole leader at 14 under, bogeyed three consecutive holes from Nos.

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.

Woodland also won in 2011 at Innisbrook and in 2013 in Nevada. I didn't even know that I did that. He went to the 18th hole needing to hole out on his second shot to do so but made double bogey instead. My caddie asked me when we got done, did I know I made nine birdies? “I really had it going.

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

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