Woodland rises from Phoenix deadlock

Woodland rises from Phoenix deadlock

Final rounds of 64 and 66 respectively left Gary Woodland and Chez Reavie all square after 72 holes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open – the fourth PGA tournament in a row to be decided in a playoff.

But things were soon wrapped up. Despite having lost the momentum to Reavie, it took Woodland only one extra hole to clinch the title, having chipped to within two feet of the hole.

Woodland and Reavie both finished the tournament 18 under on 266.

Woodland, who had started his final round three off the lead, posted birdies at three of the last four holes. He might have birdied the last but missed out.

Meanwhile local resident Reavie, having been ahead at one point before ruinning into trouble, birdied the final two holes to draw level.

Rickie Fowler, who had a one shot advantage going into the final 18, fell away finishing twelve under.

Americans dominated the leaderboard with only Scottish golfer Martin Laird able to break their monopoly of the top ten places. His 13 under for the tournament earned him ninth place.

Spaniard Jon Rahm, currently ranked two in the world, posted a final round of 72 to finish 12 under in eleventh place.

It was Woodland’s third PGA title, the 33 year old having come second eight times and in the top ten 29 times – amassing career winnings of $18.7m

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