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Gary Woodland has life, golf game pointing skyward

March 23 2018, 03:02 | Van Peters

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In March previous year, when expecting twins his wife had a miscarriage and the couple lost a baby, whilst the other baby was born 10 weeks premature.

Reavie was one of three Sun Devil alums in the hunt for the WM Phoenix Open championship heading into the final round. I'm really happy; one to be holding him and also to be where I'm at. I think about seven-eighths of them were posted up on the 16th hole for all the festivities unfolding there. I just havent put four rounds together.

"The long hitters, when you drive it well, it's a different golf course", said Woodland's caddie, Brennan Little, who used to caddie for Mike Weir. "Hopefully, it's the start of something special".

American Gary Woodland parred the first extra hole to beat compatriot Chez Reavie in a playoff between two journeymen at the Phoenix Open on Sunday. 8 and 9. He bogeyed the par-4 11th after hitting left into the desert, and got the stroke back with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 13th.

Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a 7-under 64 to finish at 18-under 266 at TPC Scottsdale.

The three-time PGA Tour victor Woodland and wife Gabby lost one of their twins to a miscarriage less than a year ago - Woodland held son Jaxson Lynn, who survived the pregnancy, after holing the winning putt for par on the first extra hole.

"It's been coming. We knew it the last month", Woodland said.

This year's record of 719,179 broke last year's record of 655,434, and a new single-day record was set on Saturday when 216,818 folks attended Round 3.

At least Schniederjans, who tied for third at 15-under, can find some comfort in the knowledge that even a birdie on the hole would have eventually left him one shot out of the playoff.

Fan favourite Rickie Fowler held the 54-hole lead on Saturday night but was overtaken by a host of players including eventual victor Gary Woodland on Sunday.

"Just couldn't buy a putt", Fowler said. "Today played the front nine well".

After holing his last putt, he looked up and pointed to the sky.

"I know his Achilles heel has been his putting, it's hard to fix that away from tournament pressure but he definitely he has the ball-striking capabilities to win another major this year". He becomes only the third Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh and Anirban Lahiri to win two European Tour events in the same season. "I mean, I really had it going".

A bogey at the fifth from Fowler saw Reavie pull two clear with a 15-foot gain on the same hole, with the leader pitching in to save par from the rough at the par-four next.

Reavie is a local Scottsdale resident who played for Arizona State in college.

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