Strong finish lifts Fowler to Phoenix Open lead

The 36-year-old Reavie, who has only won one previous PGA Tour event in his career, forced a playoff against eventual victor and fellow Kansas native Gary Woodland by earning birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to move to 18 under for the tournament.

The fix was more mental than mechanical, Woodland said, and it's clearly working.

"I was just excited that I still had a chance to win the tournament", said Reavie, who served this event as a standard bearer for many years as a kid.

But Woodland has started this year well and secured a great victory in Arizona at the weekend, beating local boy Chez Reavie in a play-off to round off a hugely exciting event. We went out to Hawaii early so I've been with him for five straight weeks which is incredible.

Woodland needed two putts from the fringe at the par-four 18th to clinch victory after Reavie missed a 10-foot par putt at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. He started that final round 3 back of the leaders too.

"I played all right", he said. "I just wasn't getting the ball close enough and finally on the last few there I was able to get some good looks". It wouldn't be a surprise if the victor has to go into overtime to take home the trophy.

Martin Laird had given himself a shot at winning after reaching the turn in 31, but the wheels came off for the Scot on the back nine.

I have always been very impressed whenever I've watched Gary Woodland, who won the Phoenix Open on Sunday. "I've played well on them in the past, and I'm hoping to build on this week's performance". That is the difference between Woodland's $1,242,00 and second place money.

2 Chez Reavie did everything well in making the playoff, but he was best in fairways hit (36/56, T10) and proximity to the hole on approach shots (35 feet, 8 inches; 11th best).

Brendan Steele, meanwhile, moved into the No. 12 spot from No. 18 with a T3.

Hadley, a Tour graduate, continued his scintillating season with his fourth top-five finish.

5 Mickelson (T5) is still a work in progress with the driver. Not bad, for him, but he still has room for improvement.

With the win, Woodland made a huge leap in the Ryder Cup USA standings, soaring from No. 28 to No. 7. and he wasn't even the week's biggest mover.

  • Marlene Weaver