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Gary Woodland wins Phoenix Open in a playoff

After winning a one-hole playoff, Gary Woodland, right, shakes hands with Chez Reavie, left, on the 18th green during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Gary Woodland (right) shakes hands with Chez Reavie after winning on the first hole of a playoff at the Phoenix Open.

Gary Woodland beat Chez Reavie with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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

‘‘I'm kind of overwhelmed right now,’’ Woodland said. ‘‘I've played well the last five years, I think I had six second-place finishes. I just haven’t put four rounds together. That was the struggle last year.’’


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.

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‘‘It’s right up there with the putt I made to win in Canada,’’ the 36-year-old former Arizona State player said. ‘‘It was a lot of fun. Fortunately, I walked up and I really got a good read off it right away.’’

In the playoff on 18, Woodland hit short of the green from the left fairway bunker and chipped to 2 feet to set up his third PGA Tour victory and first since 2013.

‘‘It’s been coming. We knew it the last month,’’ Woodland said. ‘‘And sure enough today it all clicked and I made some putts early, gave me some confidence, and really hit the ball well coming down the stretch.’’

Reavie missed the green left in the playoff and couldn’t get an 11-footer to fall.


‘‘I carried the signboard 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.

The crowd was estimated at 64,273 for a record weeklong total of 719,179. On Saturday, 216,818 jammed the grounds, the biggest turnout in golf history.

‘‘They were great,’’ Reavie said. ‘‘Being a hometown guy, everyone’s rooting me on.’’

He finished with a 66. After a bogey on the par-3 16th, he chipped to 3 feet for birdie on the par-4 17th.

Woodland two-putted for birdie on the par-5 15th, curled in an 8-footer on the par-3 16th, made a 5-footer on the par-4 17th, and parred the par-4 18th.


‘‘Really, I was in the zone,’’ Woodland said. ‘‘I really had it going. My caddie asked me when we got done, did I know I made nine birdies? I didn’t even know that I did that. I knew I was just trying to give myself a chance.

“I knew there was some birdie holes down the stretch. I knew the guys behind me could make birdies. I was just trying to give myself a chance every hole.’’

Woodland birdied three of the first five, holed a 30-foot chip to save par on the par-4 sixth, and added birdies on Nos. 8 and 9. He bogeyed the par-4 11th after hitting left into the desert, and got the stroke back with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 13th. He bogeyed the par-4 14th before making the late run.

Ollie Schniederjans (65) and Brendan Steele (67) tied for third at 15 under.

Phil Mickelson had the fans roaring with three straight birdies, the second a 30-footer on 16. But, needing an eagle on 18 to tie Woodland, he drove left into the church pew bunker that Woodland hit into in the playoff and made double bogey. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer tied for fifth at 14 under after a 69.

‘‘I just didn’t get it going early,’’ Mickelson said. ‘‘It was fun to be in contention. I had a great time coming down the stretch. I didn’t like, obviously, the last hole. . . . I hate finishing like that.’’

He made his record-tying 29th start in the event he won in 1996, 2005, and 2013.

Chesson Hadley (68), Matt Kuchar (67), and Bryson DeChambeau (70) matched Mickelson at 14 under.

Third-round leader Rickie Fowler (73) and second-ranked Jon Rahm (72) were six strokes back at 12 under. They played in the final group with Reavie.

‘‘Just couldn’t buy a putt,’’ Fowler said. ‘‘That’s one of the best clubs in my bag. I felt like I hit a lot of good putts, so it was a little disappointing to not see really anything go in on the back nine.’’

European — Shubhankar Sharma won his second title after carding 10 birdies in a tournament-low 62 in the final round of the Maybank Championship on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jorge Campillo was two shots adrift in second place after a closing 68 gave him a 19-under aggregate of 269, one ahead of Ryan Fox (66) and Pablo Larrazabal (66).

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.

‘‘The first 62 I shot was in Manila two years back on the Asian Tour,’’ he said. ‘‘Then I shot 10-under again in Joburg to win, so that number is lucky for me.

‘‘I played really well, especially the way I started with five birdies on the front nine. It’s always tough to make more birdies when you’re trailing the leaders but I was calm.’’

Former world No. 1 Lee Westwood, who shot a 62 Friday, ended in a tie for 11th place following a final-round 70.

European women — Minjee Lee shot a 6-under 67 for a five-stroke victory in the Vic Open in Barwon Heads, Australia, the tour’s season-opening event. Lee finished with a total of 13-under 279 on the 13th Beach Golf Links.

Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, shot a final-round 70 and finished eight strokes behind in eighth place.