Rickie Fowler birdies last three holes to take Phoenix Open lead

Rickie Fowler birdies last three holes to take Phoenix Open lead

Gary Woodland birdied three of the last four holes of regulation then beat Chez Reavie with a par at the first playoff hole on Sunday to win the US PGA Tour Phoenix Open.

It had been almost 10 years since Reavie's first and only win to date on the PGA Tour when successful at the 2008 Canadian Open but when he birdied his final two holes including one from 25 feet at the last he had joined Woodland at 18 under par and the door was open for win number two.

As soon as his winning putt dropped Sunday on the 18 green at TPC Scottsdale, Gary Woodland pointed to the sky.

Woodland started the day three shots behind Fowler and raced up the leaderboard with five birdies on the front nine.

Woodland won the hole and the tournament with a par and Reavie, who had birdied the final two holes to force the playoff, made bogey. His putter betrayed him when he contended.

"Just couldn't buy a putt", Fowler said.

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"He really got me to where I have confidence in my short game". "Fortunately I got hurt my rookie year in 2009 and I missed a year, which really allowed me to kind of adjust and adapt to being out here". My game feels like it's been this sharp the first couple of weeks, but I haven't gotten into the round, hit shots and had fun.

Woodland is a bomber, who continues to work with Harmon, but has been focusing on his short game with another popular instructor, Pete Cowen.

Woodland and his wife were expecting twins previous year when - in March - health complications led to the loss of one child. He had to wait five years for his third, prompting someone to ask him if he thinks he has underperformed. And I won right away in 2011, so expectations got high.

"He just really had a solid year, all the way around", right tackle Lane Johnson said. The American had played well in his first two outings of the year in Hawaii and at Torrey Pines last week and so the signs were there for a good week. "I haven't put four rounds together, so that's been frustrating". "It was fun to be in contention, I had a great time coming down the stretch. When you win early on you want to, you want that feeling". "That adds a lot of pressure".

Even though Rickie Fowler seemed irked by some of the behaviour on this occasion, the players still seem to be prepared to step into the cauldron but that will change the moment a drunken idiot takes things too far. Kuchar also took note of Woodland's recent results, which included top-15 finishes in his last two starts, and felt like his friend might be about to win.

"It's a collection of courses I really like", Mickelson said.

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