For a fourth consecutive week, a tournament went to a playoff.
Unlike the previous three weeks, this one was over quickly as Gary Woodland outlasted Chez Reavie to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Woodland had put together a solid round capped off by three consecutive birdie’s on 15, 16 and 17. Woodland was the clubhouse leader. Reavie stepped up and birdied his final two holes to tie Woodland and force a playoff.
Woodland’s tee shot went awry and landed to the left in a bunker but made a great recovery just short of the green. He then chipped to within a foot to par the hole. Reavie’s approach hadn’t been much better and he chipped to a 10-foot chance for par. Reavie missed the putt.
The win secured Woodland’s third on Tour and first victory in five years.
“We’re just building,” Woodland said. “We’re going to keep growing, keep getting better, I’ve still got some work to do. I still need to get more comfortable with the little things that I’m working on. But I’m excited overall where we’re at.”
Woodland was able to bury nine birdies on Sunday and really take a commanding charge of the field but not without some help from Rickie Fowler.
Fowler was leading the tournament when play ended on Saturday evening. Fowler is notorious for letting leads slip away when he must maintain it on Sunday. Fowler is now 1-for-6 when leading after 54 holes. That’s not a good conversion percentage obviously.
Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, and Justin Thomas did the entire field some favors as well. Rahm and Schauffele both were close to the lead after 54 holes but fell outside the top 10 on Sunday finishing tied for 11th and 17th respectively.
Thomas had one of the more crazy rounds Saturday in recent memory. He birdied six straight holes and got to the top of the leaderboard because of it after nine holes. His back nine included a triple bogey on 15 and a double bogey on 16 to completely destroy what a beautiful round he had put together.
“Shocked. Speechless. That pretty much sums it up,” Thomas said. “…It just sucks, man, to play so well and have a really, really, really good chance to win this tournament, and to give it away in two holes really.”
The Tour moves to California at Pebble Beach beginning Thursday.