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Americans Woodland, Reavie in playoff at Phoenix Open

07 February 2018

He began the final round at TPC Scottsdale in the chasing pack but came through with a glorious 64 to beat Chez Reavie by a single shot. I mean, obviously, I knew what's been going on the last couple years, short game needed some adjustment. "It's hard right now for me to grasp it, but it's emotional, he's a miracle, and I'm just happy to be here right now".

Just over 10 months later, Gabby and their son, Jaxson, surprised him on the 18th green as the family celebrated Gary's first victory since the 2013 Barracuda Championship. Hopefully, its the start of something special.”.

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.

After bogeying the infamous 16th hole, Reavie responded with not one, but two birdies, on his final two holes, highlighted by a 21-foot putt on hole No. 18, to head to a playoff with Gary Woodland.

Reavie, who got his lone victory at the 2008 Canadian Open, 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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The three-time PGA Tour victor Woodland and wife Gabby lost one of their twins to a miscarriage less than a year ago - Woodland held son Jaxson Lynn, who survived the pregnancy, after holing the winning putt for par on the first extra hole.

"Yeah, that was just kind of a tribute to past year", Woodland said with tear-filled eyes. “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.”.

At least Schniederjans, who tied for third at 15-under, can find some comfort in the knowledge that even a birdie on the hole would have eventually left him one shot out of the playoff. Phil Mickelson, Fowler, Matt Kuchar and others didn't spoil Woodland's Super Sunday.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer tied for fifth at 14 under after a 69.

Woodland started the day three shots behind Fowler and raced up the leaderboard with five birdies on the front nine.

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

Woodland, typically one of the longer hitters on the PGA Tour, has spent a lot of time recently working on his short game with noted golf coach Pete Cowan and he paid tribute to that work after his round. I knew I had to make a lot birdies to catch the leaders.

They returned to the par-four 18th where Woodland was in a fairway bunker and Reavie in the fairway off the tee.

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

He went on to fire five birdies on the back nine at to claim the €400,930 winner's cheque and a 119,320-point lead over Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai.

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Americans Woodland, Reavie in playoff at Phoenix Open