Gary Woodland wins 3rd PGA Tour title in Phoenix

Gary Woodland beat Chez Reavie in the Phoenix Open playoff

He went 4 ½ years without a victory until he defeated Chez Reavie on the first playoff hole to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Playing three groups ahead of Reavie, Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a 7-under 64 - the best round of the day - to finish at 18-under 266 at TPC Scottsdale.

Reavie drained a 21-footer at the 18th in regulation to sign for a 66 and force the play-off.

It had been almost 10 years since Reavie's first and only win to date on the PGA Tour when successful at the 2008 Canadian Open but when he birdied his final two holes including one from 25 feet at the last he had joined Woodland at 18 under par and the door was open for win number two.

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). On Saturday, 216,818 jammed the grounds, the biggest turnout in golf history.

"It's a collection of courses I really like", Mickelson said. I hit it pretty good. 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. The victor chipped in from 30 feet to save par at the sixth hole and took just 26 putts Sunday, one day after he needed just 27 in the third round.

The two returned to the tee on No. 18, with Woodland driving it into the bunker.

Ollie Schniederjans shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to climb 15 spots and finish in a tie for third with Brendan Steele at 269. Hadley shot a three-under 68 on Sunday.

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"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.

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

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

KUALA LUMPUR - Shubhankar Sharma of India closed with a 10-under 62 to win the Maybank Championship and become to the highest-ranked player from India.

Sharma, 21, who also won the Joburg Open in December, described 62 as his "lucky" number after finishing with a 21-under total of 267 to pocket the first prize of $500,000.

Woodland started his final round with a bogey-free five-under 30, but ran into a snag early on the back nine with two bogeys. "It's always tough to make more birdies when you're trailing the leaders but I was calm".

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



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