Gary Woodland beats Chez Reavie in Phoenix Open playoff

Aaron Baddeley was the best of the Australian contingent finishing 10 shots behind Woodland and Reavie for a tie of 26th, while Marc Leishman was a shot further back in joint 31st. He twisted open a cold bottle of water, took a sip, and put it back in his bag.

Reavie is one of the shortest hitters on the PGA Tour, but he is also one of the straightest and when they went back to play the 18th again he duly found the centre of the fairway again, while Woodland found the bunker on the left.

When Jayhawk fans were anxious, Woodland hit a tremendous shot from the fairway bunker on the playoff hole.

In March previous year, when expecting twins his wife had a miscarriage and the couple lost a baby, whilst the other baby was born 10 weeks premature.

Woodland finally grew emotional in the press tent after the tourney when discussing why he pointed to the sky. This finish should boost Woodland's confidence. He has made a lot of money the past couple of years on the tour. "He's a miracle, and I'm just happy to be here right now".

Jaxon was born 10 weeks premature last June and spent an extended period in the hospital.

Woodland fired a round-of-the-day 64 in front of record-breaking crowds at TPC Scottsdale, leaving the pair tied on 18 under, before seeing off Reavie with a par at the first extra sudden-death hole.

“Im kind of overwhelmed right now, ” Woodland said.

DeChambeau, a physics major who applies his understanding of the science to his swing, rifled his approach shot to inside a foot to birdie the last and join Fowler at the top of the leaderboard. His putter betrayed him when he contended. He chipped to about 2 feet and made a putt worth $496,000.

"Just couldn't buy a putt", Fowler said. I just haven't put four rounds together. It was obviously a long year for us. I still got to get more comfortable with the little things we're working on.

Frustrated with his results, Woodland had a heart-to-heart with his coach Butch Harmon, who set him up with Pete Cowen to evaluate his short game. That is the difference between Woodland's $1,242,00 and second place money. Now, I probably got out here too soon.

Reavie bogeyed the 16th to slip two behind but nearly pitched in on his way to birdieing the next and then drained a 20-foot gain at the last to take the contest to extra holes.

Elsewhere, it was a great week for Phil Mickelson who finished in a tie for 5th despite a double-bogey on 18.

"I carried the sign board here growing up when I was in high school and junior high and to have a chance to win the tournament this week was a lot of fun", Reavie said.


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