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Kansas native Gary Woodland wins his third PGA event - the Phoenix Open

Kansas native Gary Woodland wins his third PGA event - the Phoenix Open

I'm referring to the spectator aspect of the Waste Management Phoenix Open - and brace yourself for some incredible attendance figures at last week's PGA Tour event.

Woodland had nine birdies in his seven-under par 64 at TPC Scottsdale and was in the clubhouse with the lead on 18-under par 266. He held a two-shot lead after Reavie bogeyed No. 16, but Reavie rallied to close with a pair of birdies, forcing a playoff with a 21-foot putt on the 18th hole. After making pars at 15 and 16, he eagled the par-4 17th hole (3-wood tee shot to four feet) and birdied 18, too, for a 66 to finish 11-under.

Woodland earned his third career PGA Tour victory.

After Reavie missed his par-saving attempt, Woodland tapped in for his third US PGA Tour title, and his first since 2013.

In six 54-hole leads, Fowler has gone on to win just once. "Obviously we lost a little girl and being there seeing my wife give birth to her, that's real and just wanted her to know I still love her".

Fowler finished T11 for the event but said on Saturday that he was buoyed by the over 216,000 in attendance. My caddie asked me when I got done, did I know I made nine birdies.

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Popular names occupied the leader board at the outset of play on Sunday, Gary Woodland's not among them.

The duo finished three shots clear of fellow Americans Ollie Schniederjans (65) and Brendan Steele (67). "I'm hitting the ball where I'm looking and hitting a lot of great putts, and I'm really excited about what's coming". "I called Butch and said, 'we've got to figure out what's going on.' Obviously I haven't won in five years, but there's a reason for that, because my game's pretty good".

Needing an eagle down 18 to tie Woodland, he drove it into trouble, hacked back into play and ultimately came away with a six. "I spent some time with Pete Cowen", he said.

"He's a miracle and it puts this in perspective really good", Woodland said. "That's one of the best clubs in my bag". "So it was really a positive week, really needed to putt better to probably win". It was a solid effort, but Mickelson, who like Woodland was trying to win for the first time since 2013, is beyond moral victories. "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".

The American was five-under for the front nine before a insane back nine which included two dropped shots and four birdies including three in a row at 15, 16 and 17. "It's always tough to make more birdies when you're trailing the leaders but I was calm".

Jorge Campillo of Spain closed with a 68 to finish second, one shot ahead of Ryan Fox (66) and Pablo Larrazabal.