The Phoenix Open makes even the best golfers look foolish


After parring the first extra hole to beat Chez Reavie in a Phoenix Open sudden-death play-off on Sunday, Gary Woodland, 33, collected his baby son Jaxson from his wife Gabby.

The playoff however would last only one hole, Reavie unable to get up and down at the first playoff hole after missing the green with a short iron from the fairway.

At least Poulter, who tied for 57th at 2-under, and Thomas, who finished strong with an eagle and a birdie to close out at 11-under, were around for the weekend, as was Ollie Schniederjans.

Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a seven-under 64 - the best round of the day - to finish at 18 under. Reavie carded a five-under 66 on Sunday. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer tied for fifth at 14 under after a 69.

Woodland needed two putts from the fringe at the par-four 18th to clinch victory after Reavie missed a 10-foot par putt at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

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

A long-range two-putt from Reavie at the 13th saw him creep back ahead, only for Woodland to post back-to-back birdies from the 16th on his way to setting the clubhouse target at 18 under. This was his first win for five years and only his third in total on the PGA Tour, due to a number of factors including injury and personal tragedy. Reavie led by two shots at one stage but found himself trailing by two after a bogey at 16. "I just really had four bad holes that probably ended up costing me the tournament". "I just didn't get it going early, and I don't know what to say". "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". But he then birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to set the target at 18 under. Three selections will be announced by Captain Jim Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on September 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on September 9, 2018.

American Robert Garrigus hit the shot of the day at the driveable par-four 17th, nearly making a rare albatross. "I think it's just overall feeling of the week".

Reavie is a local Scottsdale resident who played for Arizona State in college. Despite all the turmoil last season, he managed to make it to the Tour Championship and carried that form into his most recent starts: T-7 at the Sony Open, T-12 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"He's a miracle and it puts this in perspective really good", Woodland said.



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