Woodland wins on first playoff hole

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Woodland beat Chez Reavie with a par on the first extra hole. "I think the environment here has really helped me get out of that technical element".

Right after tapping in for the tournament-clinching putt, Woodland pointed to the sky as an ode to the baby girl who was lost in the pregnancy.

He credits the improved short game to recent work with Pete Cowen and Brad Faxon.

Woodland calls Jaxson his "miracle" son, and he and Gabby held him close and continue to do so after the trials of 2017.

Watching him on TV, it was obvious that Gary Woodland kept emotion at bay after he shot a 64 to become the leader in the clubhouse by two strokes and waited to see if anyone could catch him. "It was obviously a long year for us, but, I'm very happy, one to be holding him and to be where I'm at right now".


The last two European Tour winners were the 21-year-old Sharma and 22-year-old Li Haotong of China. By the time the lead threesome made the turn, Woodland, three groups ahead, was just one shot behind Reavie.

"Having a big crowd out here is, it's only better for us to have", Rickie Fowler said on Saturday.

"Yeah, that was just kind of a tribute to a year ago", he said of 2017, when Jaxson was born a month premature in June after his twin sister was lost in a miscarriage.

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.

Although he didn't win, the result was Schniederjans' best since a solo second at the Wyndham Championship last August, and he has been inside the top 25 in five of seven starts this season. 15 and 16. He birdied No. 17 to get back to 12 under, finishing in a tie for 11th with Fowler and four others at 272. Needing to eagle the par-4 18th to pull even with Woodland, he made double-bogey to finish T5. "I just didn't get it going early, and I don't know what to say". "I really had it going". "I had to deal with it internally", he said.


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

Woodland won the hole and the tournament with a par and Reavie, who had birdied the final two holes to force the playoff, made bogey.

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. "It was fun to be in contention, I had a great time coming down the stretch".

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


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