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The Journal Gazette

Monday, February 05, 2018 1:00 am

Golf

Woodland wins after forcing playoff on 18

Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – 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 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.”

Woodland celebrated with wife Gabby and son Jaxson Lynn, who was born a month premature in June. They were expecting twins, but lost one of the fetuses in a miscarriage.

“For him to be here, it's obviously a miracle,” Woodland said. “I'm just so excited to share this with him and my family.”

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.

“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.”

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

EUROPEAN: In Scottsdale, Arizona, Shubhankar Sharma of India won his second European Tour title after carding 10 birdies in a joint tournament-low 62 in the final round of the Maybank Championship.

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).

WOMEN'S EUROPEAN: In Barwon Heads, Australia, Australian Minjee Lee shot a 6-under 67 Sunday for a five-stroke victory in the Vic Open, the first tournament of the year on the Ladies European Tour.