LOS ANGELES, Feb 5 — Gary Woodland birdied three of the last four holes of regulation then beat Chez Reavie with a par at the first playoff hole yesterday to win the US PGA Tour Phoenix Open.
Woodland had nine birdies in his seven-under par 64 at TPC Scottsdale and was in the clubhouse with the lead on 18-under par 266.
But Reavie closed with back-to-back birdies to force sudden death.
They returned to the par-four 18th where Woodland was in a fairway bunker and Reavie in the fairway off the tee.
Reavie's second shot missed the green, and his chip left him a tough putt for par while Woodland blasted out of the bunker to the edge of the green and putted up to within two feet.
After Reavie missed his par-saving attempt, Woodland tapped in for his third US PGA Tour title, and his first since 2013.
Woodland, 33, started the day three shots behind 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler.
He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies on the front nine.
He sandwiched a birdie at 13 between to bogeys, but birdied 15, 16 and 17 to seize the lead.
Brendan Steele and Ollie Schniederjans shared third place on 269. Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, an Arizona fan favorite, carded a 69 to head a group of four on 270.
World number seven Fowler faded with a 73 to finish with a share of 11th in a group that also included world number two Jon Rahm of Spain. — AFP