Rickie Fowler has now failed to convert five of his six 54-hole leads as Gary Woodland sealed his third PGA Tour title in a playoff
Rickie Fowler Fails To Convert As Woodland Wins In Phoenix
Fan favourite Rickie Fowler held the 54-hole lead on Saturday night but was overtaken by a host of players including eventual winner Gary Woodland on Sunday.
The world number seven, who was runner-up here in 2016, began the day at 14-under-par but ended on -12 after a two-over 73 to end in a tie for 11th place.
In six 54-hole leads, Fowler has gone on to win just once.
Also in a tie for 11th place was world number two Jon Rahm who was over par for the final round himself.
He began one behind Fowler and posted a one-over 71, missing his chance to overtake Dustin Johnson as the new world number one.
But it was Gary Woodland who shone brightest on Sunday, posting a total of -18 after a seven-under-par 64.
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The American was five-under for the front nine before a crazy back nine which included two dropped shots and four birdies including three in a row at 15, 16 and 17.
However, Chez Reavie, having bogeyed the par-3 16th, came in with a clutch birdie-birdie finish to take it to a playoff for the PGA Tour’s fourth in a row.
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However, Reavie bogeyed the 18th hole in sudden death to hand Gary Woodland the title.
It was Woodland’s third PGA Tour title and first since August 2013 after a year he called the “hardest of my life”.
In March last year, when expecting twins his wife had a miscarriage and the couple lost a baby, whilst the other baby was born 10 weeks premature.
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“Last year, mentally, I got off to a great start, game felt great and then we dealt with some family issues and that was tough. I had to deal with it internally,” he said.
Woodland, holding his baby Jaxson and fighting back tears, said, “He’s a miracle and puts this in perspective. It obviously was a long year for us, but I’m very happy to be holding him and to be where I’m at today.”
Elsewhere, it was a great week for Phil Mickelson who finished in a tie for 5th despite a double-bogey on 18.
Lefty birdied 15, holed from 33-feet at the Stadium 16th and then made another birdie at the drivable par-4 17th.
Needing an eagle down 18 to tie Woodland, he drove it into trouble, hacked back into play and ultimately came away with a six.
The result moves him from 49th to 41st in the world, safer inside the top-50. He is still searching for his first victory since the 2013 Open Championship.
Waste Management Phoenix Open 2018 leaderboard:
1 Gary Woodland -18 67 68 67 64 266
2 Chez Reavie -18 68 65 67 66 266
T3 Ollie Schniederjans -15 68 68 68 65 269
T3 Brendan Steele -15 68 67 67 67 269
T5 Bryson DeChambeau -14 66 66 68 70 270
T5 Chesson Hadley -14 66 68 68 68 270
T5 Matt Kuchar -14 71 68 64 67 270
T5 Phil Mickelson -14 70 65 66 69 270
T9 Brian Gay -13 67 68 68 68 271
T9 Martin Laird -13 68 67 68 68 271
*Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage