Phoenix Open: Gary Woodland wins title

Last Updated February 05 2018, 20:22Golf
Gary Woodland with the Waste Management Phoenix Open trophy
Gary Woodland with the Waste Management Phoenix Open trophy

Gary Woodland beat Chez Reavie in a play-off to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Final leaders

-18 Gary Woodland (won at the first play-off hole), Chez Reavie

-15 Brendan Steele, Ollie Schniederjans

-14 Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Chesson Hadley

Day four report

Gary Woodland beat Chez Reavie in a play-off to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

A spectacular closing 64 looked to have given Woodland a third PGA Tour title as those in the last few groups struggled to reach his 18 under par clubhouse target.

However, Reavie found birdies on the last two holes - converting from 20 feet at the 18th to force a play-off.

Woodland took the title with a par at the first extra hole as Reavie missed a clutch putt and bogeyed.

The 33-year-old Woodland had five birdies in a sensational front nine 30 - as well as chipping in for par on the sixth.

Despite bogeys on the 11th and 14th, he made gains on the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th before keeping his cool in the play-off.

Woodland and Reavie finished three clear of Ollie Schniederjans and Brendan Steele in third, with Phil Mickelson delighting the crowds on the stadium 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale with a birdie before a closing double-bogey saw him finish in a share of fifth.

Scotland's Martin Laird was the top European on 13 under after a closing 6 gave him a share of ninth place.

Day three leaders

-14 Rickie Fowler

-13 Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie

-12 Daniel Berger, Phil Mikelson

Day three report

Rickie Fowler remains Sky Bet's favourite at 5/2 heading into the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a one-shot lead.

The American entered round three in a tie for the lead but was not at his best in the early stages as he turned in level par before birdieing the 13th.

A birdie-birdie-birdie finish saw him card 67, then propelled him to the top of the leaderboard on 14 under.

Fowler enters the final day ahead of countrymen Bryson DeChambeau (12/1) and former Arizona State alumni Chez Reavie (11/1) and Spaniard Jon Rahm, who posted a 65 to tie for second and is now 100/30 second-favourite.

Dechambeau signed for a round of 68 to join them in second, one shot ahead of five-time major champion - and another former Arizona State player - Phil Mickelson, as well as Xander Schauffele and Daniel Berger - the latter a 40/1 selection from our Ben Coley, who has already bagged an 80/1 winner this weekend with Shubhankar Sharma winning the Maybank Championship.

Fowler told CBS Sports: "It was a grind. Just a little off in certain areas and just kind of tried to piece things together."

Rahm ended his round well with four birdies in his last six holes, while Reavie had a birdie-birdie finish.

Scotsman Martin Laird birdied three of his last four holes to sign for a 68 and sit four shots off the lead.

Day two leaders

-10 Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau

-9 Daniel Berger, Chez Reavie

-8 Chesson Hadley, Chris Kirk, Scott Stallings

Day two report

Rickie Fowler is 9/4 favourite with Sky Bet for the Waste Management Phoenix Open after taking a share of the lead at the halfway stage.

He's joined at the head of the leaderboard by Bryson DeChambeau (14/1) but Ben Coley's pre-tournament selection Daniel Berger, tipped at 40/1, is into 8/1 as he sits alongside Chez Reavie (18/1) just one off the pace.

DeChambeau birdied the final two holes, while Fowler bogeyed the 17th but was helped by a run of four birdies in six holes on the front nine, including a stunning approach to the sixth.

A 191,400-strong crowd turned out to see the Americans go into the third day 10 under chased by their fellow compatriots.

Berger and Reavie both signed for bogey-free rounds of 65, with Reavie carding an eagle on the driveable 17th.

Americans make up the top seven on the leaderboard, with Chesson Hadley, Scott Stallings and Chris Kirk all eight under.

Scot Martin Laird is then in the group at seven under alongside world number two Jon Rahm after a 67.

Robert Garrigus had spectators in a frenzy after almost making an ace on the par-four 17th, the flag-pole being the only thing to deny him the hole-in-one. He went on to card an eagle, finishing two under for his first two rounds.

Defending champion Matsuyama injured

Hideki Matsuyama's hopes of recording a hat-trick of victories in the Waste Management Phoenix Open have been ended by a wrist injury.

The Japanese star, who beat Rickie Fowler in a play-off two years ago before seeing off Webb Simpson in extra holes 12 months later to defend his crown, withdrew ahead of the second round at TPC Scottsdale.

Matsuyama had been well in contention following an opening 69 over the Stadium Course.

The PGA Tour announced on Twitter: "There will be no three-peat this year. Matsuyama has withdrawn from @WMPhoenixOpen with a left wrist injury."

Day one leaders

-7 Bill Haas

-5 Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau, Billy Horschel, Chesson Hadley, Chris Kirk

-4 Jon Rahm, Brian Gay, Bubba Watson, Vaughn Taylor, Gary Woodland

Day one report

Bill Haas is 12/1 to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open with Sky Bet after producing a sparkling 64 on day one to open up a two-stroke lead.

The 35-year-old fired an eagle and five birdies on Thursday to get to seven under par.

World number seven Rickie Fowler is 11/2 favourite and sits among the group in a tie for second on five under, with Spain's Jon Rahm (6/1) another shot back.

Starting at the 10th tee, Haas notched back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th before making an eagle from 20 feet at the 15th to jump to four under.

Haas then added another birdie at the 16th before making further gains on the second and fourth to sign for an opening 64.

Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chesson Hadley and Chris Kirk were alongside Fowler on five under after posting 66s on day one.

Ben Coley's 16/1 headline selection Justin Thomas is now 10/1 after a three-under-par 68, the same score as another of his tips, Daniel Berger, who has halved in price to 20/1.

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