Gary Woodland's victory puts career back on track

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Gary Woodland parred the first playoff hole against Chez Reavie to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Sunday.

He had to sweat it out on the range awaiting his fate but Reavie made amends for a bogey at the 16th when birdied the 17th from three feet and then rolled in a do-or-die 21 footer at the last for a 66 to force sudden-death.

Reavie missed the green left and couldn't get an 11-footer to fall.

Sunday's crowd was estimated at 64,273 for a record week-long total of 719,179. "So this validates that we're doing the right things and I believe I have a long way to go, but I believe I have a lot of time to do that and I'm excited about what the future holds".

"We're just building, we're going to keep growing, keep getting better, I still got some work to do". I didn't even know that I did that.

Reavie, a fellow Kansas native, led for much of the final round until a bogey at the par-3 16 dropped him to 16 under, two shots back of Woodland, who was in the house at 18 under.

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If Woodland was beaming, there was little to smile about for world number 67 Lowry, who frittered away shots coming home and signed for a level par 71 to finish tied 65th on two-over par. But, needing an eagle on 18 to tie Woodland, he drove left into the church pew bunker that Woodland hit into in the playoff and made double bogey. "I spent some time with Pete Cowen", he said. I didn't like, obviously, the last hole, but other than that it was a pretty solid week and that was the only over par score.

"That was tough", Woodland said, "just because I felt, one, obviously, to deal with it internally, but physically I was playing well".

Matt Kuchar, who hung around to congratulate Woodland after the victory, said he played nine holes with Woodland on Tuesday before the start of the WMPO and was wowed. They played in the final group with Reavie.

KUALA LUMPUR - Shubhankar Sharma of India closed with a 10-under 62 to win the Maybank Championship and become to the highest-ranked player from India. It was a solid effort, but Mickelson, who like Woodland was trying to win for the first time since 2013, is beyond moral victories.

"The first 62 I shot was in Manila two years back on the Asian Tour, " he said.

DeChambeau birdied the final two holes, while Fowler bogeyed the 17th but was helped by a run of four birdies in six holes on the front nine, including a stunning approach to the sixth. He has four top-five finishes in eight starts this season, including a runner-up at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

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