Rickie Fowler birdies last three holes to take Phoenix Open lead

Doug Mendoza
February 8, 2018

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

It was the third victory of the 33-year-old Woodland's PGA Tour career, but it had been almost five years since his previous title, at the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open.

The playoff however would last only one hole, Reavie unable to get up and down at the first playoff hole after missing the green with a short iron from the fairway.

3 Brendan Steele quietly posted a 4-under 67 to finish T3.

Phil Mickelson, needing an eagle on 18 to tie Woodland, drove left into the church pew bunker and made double bogey.

Right after tapping in for the tournament-clinching putt, Woodland pointed to the sky as an ode to the baby girl who was lost in the pregnancy.

"The long hitters, when you drive it well, it's a different golf course", said Woodland's caddie, Brennan Little, who used to caddie for Mike Weir. "And just haven't seen him much since he went out on the [PGA TOUR Champions], but now we're living close to each other". "He's a miracle, and I'm just happy to be here right now".

"I was putting good, I was feeling good, I was just waiting for that moment and it just never happened".

"Really didn't make enough putts the first three days to give myself a great chance today", said Schniederjans, whose previous best this season was a T7 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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"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".

"I couldn't wait for 2018 to start", said Woodland, who somehow made it to the Tour Championship last season.

Fowler rolled in from six feet at the 13th and drained an 18-footer at the 16th, before converting a birdie at the 17th and picking up a 10-foot gain at the par-four last.

"Last year, mentally, I got off to a great start, game felt great and then we dealt with some family issues and that was tough". "It was fun to be in contention".

He made his record-tying 29th start in the event he won in 1996, 2005 and 2013. My game feels like it's been this sharp the first couple of weeks, but I haven't gotten into the round, hit shots and had fun.

Chesson Hadley (68), Matt Kuchar (67) and Bryson DeChambeau (70) matched Mickelson at 14 under.

Fowler, who was the 54-hole leader at 14 under, bogeyed three consecutive holes from Nos.

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

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