Monday, February 05, 2018

Gary Woodland wins Phoenix Open play-off    

Scottsdale, Arizona                     Feb. 1-4, 2018              Purse: $6,900,000 ($1,242,000 winner)
TPC Scottsdale     Par/Yards: 35-36—71/7,266 yards     500 FedExCup points to winner

Final-Round Notes – Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weather: Sunny, with a high of 80. Wind SW 4-8 mph.

Final-Round Leaderboard
Gary Woodland*
67-68-67-64—266 (-18)
Chez Reavie
68-65-67-66—266 (-18)
Ollie Schniederjans
68-68-68-65—269 (-15)

Brendan Steele
68-67-67-67—269 (-15)
*defeated Chez Reavie with a par 4 on the first playoff hole.

Other Scores (Asian players)
Byeonghun An             68-67-72-68 – 275 (-9)
C.T. Pan                       71-68-70-75 – 284 (E)
Siwoo Kim                    74-67-70-73 – 284 (E)

Playoff records:
GARY WOODLAND (1-2) Lost to Jhonattan Vegas, 2011 CareerBuilder ChallengeLost to Ryan Moore, 2013 CIMB Classic
Defeated Chez Reavie, 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open

CHEZ REAVIE (0-2) Lost to Webb Simpson, 2011 Dell Technologies Championship
Lost to Gary Woodland, 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Since moving to TPC Scottsdale in 1987, this marks the ninth playoff and third consecutive at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hideki Matsuyama defeated Webb Simpson on the fourth hole of sudden death last year.

The playoff was the sixth this season and fourth in a row:
•                THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES – Justin Thomas def. Marc Leishman with a birdie 4 on the second extra hole.
•                Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Patrick Cantlay def. Alex Cejka and Whee Kim with a par 4 on the second extra hole.
•                Sony Open in Hawaii – Patton Kizzire def. James Hahn with a par 3 on the sixth extra hole.
•                CareerBuilder Challenge – Jon Rahm def. Andrew Landry with a birdie 3 on the fourth extra hole.
•                Farmers Insurance Open – Jason Day def. Alex Noren and Ryan Palmer with a birdie on the sixth extra hole.
•                Waste Management Phoenix Open – Gary Woodland def. Chez Reavie with a par 4 on the first extra hole.

The last time there were four straight playoffs on the PGA TOUR was in 2015: Travelers Championship, The Greenbrier Classic, John Deere Classic, The Open Championship.

Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland, who began the day trailing 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler by three strokes, closed with a 7-under 64 to enter a playoff with Chez Reavie and later win the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a par 4 on the first playoff hole (No. 18).

Woodland collects his third PGA TOUR victory in his 207th start at the age of 33 years, 8 months and 14 days. This week marked his 113th start since winning the 2013 Barracuda Championship.

Woodland’s PGA TOUR victories (3):
2011 Valspar Championship
2013 Barracuda Championship
2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Woodland’s 64 is the low finish by a winner on the PGA TOUR this season, supplanting Dustin Johnson’s 65 (-8) at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

In comparison, the lowest finish by a winner at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is 63, set by Mark Calcavecchia in 1992 and Vijay Singh in 2003.

Woodland’s round included a chip-in from 30 feet to save par on the par-4 sixth hole.

With the victory, Woodland collects 500 points and moves from No. 38 to No. 5 in the FedExCup standings. Woodland has advanced to the TOUR Championship four out of the last five seasons, most recently finishing No. 28 in the 2016-17 FedExCup standings.

Woodland wins in his seventh start of the season, with a T7 at the Sony Open in Hawaii his only other top-10 finish. In seven starts, a T40 finish at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES represents Woodland’s worst finish.

Woodland’s tournament results this season:
            T28 – CIMB Classic
            T40 – THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES
            T18 – Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
            T34 – OHL Classic at Mayakoba
            T7   – Sony Open in Hawaii
            T12 – Farmers Insurance Open
            Won – Waste Management Phoenix Open

Woodland wins in his ninth start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with a T5 in 2011 his previous best finish.

2017-18 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 7-7-2-1

PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 207-159-29-3

Woodland’s stats for the week:
R1 – 10 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens in regulation, 3 of 3 scrambling, 32 putts.
R2 – 7 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens in regulation, 1 of 3 scrambling, 30 putts.
R3 – 10 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens, 5 of 6 scrambling, 27 putts.
R4 – 7 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens in regulation, 2 of 4 scrambling, 26 putts.

About Gary Woodland
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Birthdate: May 21, 1984
Family: Wife, Gabby; Jaxson Lynn
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas
Residence: Orlando, Florida
Education: University of Kansas (2007, Sociology)
Turned Pro: 2007
Joined TOUR: 2009 Tour Alumnus

Third-Round Lead Notes
Since 2000, third-round leaders/co-leaders of the Waste Management Phoenix Open have held on for the win seven times: Phil Mickelson (2005, 2013), Kenny Perry (2009), J.B. Holmes (2006, 2008), Jonathan Kaye (2004) and Mark Calcavecchia (2001).

Through 13 events in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, six players have managed to convert a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory, most recently Dustin Johnson at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. 

Chez Reavie
Former Arizona State University standout and Scottsdale resident Chez Reavie made a 21 foot, 4 inch putt on the 18th hole to post a final-round, 5-under 66 and force a playoff with Gary Woodland. Reavie began the day trailing 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler by one stroke.

Reavie was in search of his second PGA TOUR victory (2008 RBC Canadian Open) in his 237th start.

The runner-up finish was the second of Reavie’s career (2011 Dell Technologies Championship).

Once a standard bearer at this event as a kid, Reavie was the only player to play the first 36 holes without a bogey this week. His bogey-free streak ended Saturday on the par-4 second hole. In all, he had just four bogeys this week at TPC Scottsdale.

Reavie records his seventh top-25 finish in eight starts this season:
            T13 – Safeway Open
            T17 – CIMB Classic
            T15 – THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES
            T24 – World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions
            T14 – OHL Classic at Mayakoba
            T18 – Sony Open in Hawaii
            T36 – CareerBuilder Challenge
            2 – Waste Management Phoenix Open

Reavie finished runner-up in his 10th start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with a T41 in 2011 his previous best finish. He entered this week with missed cuts in his previous three starts at TPC Scottsdale.

Byeonghun An
South Korea’s Byeonghun An made six birdies against three bogeys to sign for a closing 3-under 68 and a 9-under 275 aggregate which put him in T23 position in what is his first start of 2018 on the PGA TOUR. An finished his day strongly with birdies on 16 and 17 from 13 and 12 feet respectively.

In 2017, the 26-year-old An finished sixth in his debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one of three top-10s he recorded last season. An played in four tournaments during fall, finishing T11 at the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on home soil and T32 at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. He missed the cut in the two other events in his 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season so far.

An Quotes
It was tough yesterday (during the third round where he shot a 72). My putts weren’t dropping and I made some silly mistakes here and there. Overall, my putting today was okay and it could have been better. However, it was good to see some improvements in my stats. It’s not a bad start for my first PGA TOUR tournament in 2018. I’ll be taking the next couple of weeks off to rest up and prepare myself for The Honda Classic.

Rickie Fowler
Second-round co-leader and third-round outright leader Rickie Fowler turned in a final-round 73 to finish T11, six strokes behind champion Gary Woodland.

Fowler was seeking his fifth PGA TOUR victory in his 200th start this week. His last win came at The Honda Classic in 2017.

Fowler’s round snapped a streak of 11 consecutive under-par rounds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Fowler made his 10th start in the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week, where he has collected three top-10 finishes (2nd/2010, 2nd/2016 (playoff), T4/2017).

In six tries, Fowler has converted the 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory once, (The Honda Classic in 2017).

Additional Player Notes
Ollie Schniederjans closed with a 6-under 65 to finish T3 in his second start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (T24-2017). In addition to a four-hole birdie streak in the final round (Nos. 12-15), Schniederjans’ weekend included three-hole birdie streaks in the third round on Nos. 2-4 and 15-17. He has finished inside the top 25 in five of seven starts this season.

Seeking his fourth PGA TOUR title (2011 Valero Texas Open, 2016 and 2017 Safeway Open), Brendan Steele posted a final-round 4-under 67 to finish T3. Since finishing T53 in his first start at TPC Scottsdale in 2011, he has reeled off seven top-30 finishes (T5-2012, T6-2013, T6-2014, T26-2015, T17-2016, T16-2017, T3-2018).

2017 Tour Player of the Year Chesson Hadley closed with a 3-under 68 to finish T5 in his third Waste Management Phoenix Open start (MC-2015, T60-2016, T5-2018). Hadley owns four top-5 finishes in eight starts this season, led by a runner-up finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Making his first start on TOUR since the 2017 RSM Classic (T29), Matt Kuchar finished T5 for his third top-10 finish in nine starts at TPC Scottsdale (T6 in 2009, T9 in 2017, T5 in 2018).

Bryson DeChambeau, who shared the second-round lead with Rickie Fowler following matching rounds of 5-under 66, closed with rounds of 68-70 to finish T5. This week marked his first start at the Waste Management Phoenix Open for the 2017 John Deere Classic champion.

Three-time Waste Management Phoenix Open winner Phil Mickelson (1996, 2005, 2013) carded a final-round 2-under 69 to finish T5 (his 11th top-10 finish at TPC Scottsdale and first since winning in 2013). This week marked Mickelson’s 29th start in this event, a record he shares with Gene Littler, Jim Ferrier and Jerry Barber. Following three birdies on Nos. 15-17 and needing an eagle on the final hole to tie Woodland, Mickelson posted a double bogey.

Brian Gay finished T9 for just his second top-10 finish in 16 starts at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (T6 in 2009).

Arizona State University grad and Phoenix resident John Rahm posted a final-round 72 to finish T11. This week marked the 40th PGA TOUR start for the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open and 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge champion, with three coming at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (T5-2015, T16-2017, T11-2018).

After beginning the final round T26, reigning FedExCup champion and seven-time PGA TOUR winner Justin Thomas carded a final-round 5-under 66 (including an eagle-birdie finish) to finish T17. Thomas at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (T17-2015, MC-2016, MC-2017, T17-2018).

Miscellaneous Notes

Bogey-free rounds at TPC Scottsdale:
R1: Bill Haas (64), Bryson DeChambeau (66), Billy Horschel (66), Chez Reavie (68), Ben Martin (69).
R2: Daniel Berger (65), Adam Hadwin (65), C.T. Pan (68), Chez Reavie (65), Steve Stricker (67), Justin Thomas (66), Nick Watney (68), Bubba Watson (69).
R3: Alex Noren (65), Phil Mickelson (66), Brandt Snedeker (71).
R4: Ollie Schniederjans (65), Justin Thomas (66), Vaughn Taylor (67), Kevin Streelman (69)



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