Rickie Fowler Fails To Convert As Woodland Wins In Phoenix

Rickie Fowler Fails To Convert As Woodland Wins In Phoenix

Rickie Fowler Fails To Convert As Woodland Wins In Phoenix

Gary Woodland makes a nine-birdie, two-bogey 64 to storm to the top of the leaderboard, then outlasts a tenacious Chez Reavie with a par on the first hole of a playoff to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

The three-time PGA Tour victor Woodland and wife Gabby lost one of their twins to a miscarriage less than a year ago - Woodland held son Jaxson Lynn, who survived the pregnancy, after holing the winning putt for par on the first extra hole.

Justin Thomas shot a five-under 66 in round four to finish in a tie for 17th at 11 under.

If Woodland was beaming, there was little to smile about for world number 67 Lowry, who frittered away shots coming home and signed for a level par 71 to finish tied 65th on two-over par.

"Really took off about four months", said Woodland, who moves from 38th to fifth in the FedExCup standings.

"Having a big crowd out here is, it's only better for us to have", said Fowler. "I just didn't get it going early, and I don't know what to say". The question was, could Woodland do what he had not done in 5 tour season? "I had to deal with some stuff of the course previous year but I have felt really comfortable with my game this week".

Photo Finish In Phoenix

Gary Woodland finally gets over the line after a painful year with playofff victory at the Phoenix. My caddie asked me when I got done, did I know I made nine birdies. He bogeyed three of his last four holes to drop into a tie for 11th at 12 under. So my wife kind of surprised me with him on the last hole.

"My first couple years out here spent a lot of time with Fax and played a lot of practice rounds with him and just haven't seen him much since he went to the Champions Tour, but now we're living close to each other", Woodland said. We went out to Hawaii early so I've been with him for five straight weeks which is fantastic.

"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.

On the European Tour, India's Shubhankar Sharma (21) closed with a stunning, 10-under-par 62 to win the Maybank Championship and storm to the top of the Race to Dubai.

Woodland, 33, won his first tournament at the age of 26, his second at 28.

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