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Gary Woodland wins Phoenix Open in a playoff

Gary Woodland wins Phoenix Open in a playoff

"I'm really happy - one to be holding him and also to be where I'm at", said Woodland, who carded a seven-under 64 - the best final-round score - to finish at 18-under 266. "I just didn't get it going early, and I don't know what to say". Woodland and wife Gabby were expecting twins past year, when she lost one of the babies in March.

After beating Chez Reavie on the first playoff hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Woodland's wife, Gabby, brought baby boy Jaxson out to his victorious father, just seven months after he was born 10 weeks premature in a hard pregnancy for the family. "It puts it in perspective". So really I took off about four months but I found a way to get to the Tour Championship, kind of battled through the end of the year, and I couldn't wait for 2018 to start.

Woodland remembers that day last March when his world turned upside down. Gabby, who was admitted to the hospital two days earlier after her water broke, had lost one of the babies.

It had been five long years since he won, but that wasn't what was on Gary Woodland's mind when he made the final putt and pointed to the sky. "So it's been nice to have him on the road the last five weeks".

Needing an eagle down 18 to tie Woodland, he drove it into trouble, hacked back into play and ultimately came away with a six. He bogeyed three of his last four holes to drop into a tie for 11th at 12 under. He was 16th in strokes gained: putting (+.846) at TPC Scottsdale, and he is eighth in that statistical category (+1.090) on the season.

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Frustrated with his results, Woodland had a heart-to-heart with his coach Butch Harmon, who set him up with Pete Cowen to evaluate his short game. "And obviously with the way I hit it and now I'm confident with the short game, and the putter starts working, good things will happen".

Fowler, who was the 54-hole leader at 14 under, bogeyed three consecutive holes from Nos.

Woodland walked into the clubhouse with a two-shot lead, but Chez Reavie birdied 17 and 18 to force a play-off, the PGA Tour's fourth consecutive. We went out to Hawaii early so I've been with him for five straight weeks which is unbelievable. "I made a nice charge there at the last nine holes and bogey-free on Sunday is very, very good".

He showed no signs of distress when his drive on the first playoff hole went into one of the church-pew bunkers left of the fairway on No. 18 and his opponent's was in the middle of the fairway.

The status of Lue, who led the team to an National Basketball Association title in 2016 and three straight Finals appearances, came into question following Saturday night's 32-point home loss to Houston, the latest blowout suffered by a team in disarray.


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