Gary Woodland keeps his cool to claim Phoenix Open title
- Author: Kyle Peterson Feb 07, 2018,
Feb 07, 2018, 1:06
That left Woodland to tap in for his third PGA Tour victory.
2 A solid short game is crucial everywhere. "So it was really a positive week, really needed to putt better to probably win".
The result continues recent trends for both Fowler and the tournament. "He's got the ball-striking capabilities to win a Major this year".
"I put myself in a lot of positions to win I have a lot of second place finishes the last four or five years I just haven't done it and that adds up".
Woodland spoke to CBS while holding young Jaxson, who was born last June, three months after he and his wife lost one of their unborn twins due to complications during the pregnancy.
"It's been a long five years, but it's been coming", said the 33-year-old American, seven times a runner-up since August 2013, including twice last season.
"For her to bring him out, that was special and something I'll never forget". The two spoke on the phone on Saturday night, right before Woodland scorched the greens at TPC Scottsdale for a final-round 64. He birdied the second, third, fifth, eighth and ninth holes but also produced a couple of miraculous par saves to keep his round going.
However, when another shot went astray at the 14th, not many would have given much for his chances.
Scottsdale resident Reavie built a two-shot advantage after an eagle and birdie in his first five holes. A succession of pars followed until he picked up another birdie at the 13th.
"Just couldn't buy a putt", Fowler said. The D-backs have sponsored Reavie for over a decade of his career. Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie and Phil Mickelson will have the Arizona crowd backing them up all the way down the stretch.
3 Justin Thomas looks like a future victor in Phoenix. On Thursday in the first round, he had a double bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17. It was disappointing to see Thomas lose his cool but hopefully he will learn some valuable lessons from it. But, OMG, the back nine!
Asia has a new star.
Schniederjans (65, 15-under, T3) started the final round at 9-under and too far back.
Victor of his maiden title at the Joburg Open in December, his bogey-free round left him two shots clear of Spain's Jorge Campillo on 21-under-par at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur. He's hitting just 45.86 percent of the fairways on the season (213th on TOUR) and is -.560 in strokes gained: off-the-tee (179th).
It's safe to say Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open didn't go to plan for Rickie Fowler. "I kept pushing the whole day". I thought it would just be her. To be honest, I wasn't thinking about the leaderboard. I just wouldn't say it was my most fortunate week and we all know you need some fortune to win a tournament.