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 on the first playoff hole (No. 18).
Resides: Shawnee, Kansas
Birthdate: May 21, 1984 (age 33)
Native: Topeka, Kansas
College: University of Kansas (2007)
Gary Woodland: 67-68-67-64 (-18)
Chez Reavie: 68-65-67-66 (-18)
Ollie Schniederjans: 66-67-73-72 (-15)
Gary Woodland: par
Chez Reavie: bogey
Driving Yards: 318.4 (7th)
Driving Accuracy: 60.7% (19th)
Greens In Regulation: 77.8% (4th)
Putts Per GIR: 1.714 (10th)
Numbers: 1 Eagle, 26 Birdies, 37 Pars, 7 Bogeys, 0 Double
PGA Tour: 3rd victory
2011 Valspar Championship, 2013 Barracuda Championship
With his win, Woodland earns $1,242,000 and 500 points to move to 5th in the 2018 FedExCup standings.
Woodland received 60 OWGR points, and will move from 53 into the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings following this victory.
“Obviously I came to the game late, but I got through Q-School very quickly. Fortunately I got hurt my rookie year in 2009 and I missed a year, which really allowed me to kind of adjust and adapt to being out here.
I came from college, I played a year of basketball, four years at Kansas, and then really got out here right away and it was an adjustment, because my game wasn’t ready, I was just athletic. And I won right away in 2011, so expectations got high. And didn’t play great, got hurt again in 2012 and battled injuries for awhile.
So last three years I’ve been healthy, I haven’t put four rounds together so that’s been frustrating. When you win early on you want to, you want that feeling. You want, I mean I want this week-in, week-out.
I put myself in a lot of positions to win I have a lot of second place finishes the last four or five years I just haven’t done it and that adds up, that adds a lot of pressure. A lot of people, I have a lot of people around me which is a good thing but everybody expects you to play well and when you don’t have the results, that’s tough.
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.”
– Gary Woodland
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