Waste Management Phoenix Open. Woodland Wins Play-Off.

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Gary Woodland wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a play-off against Chez Reavie at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Gary Woodland

Gary shot a final round -7 under par 64 to share top spot on the Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard with Chez carding -5 under 66, to both post -18 under par totals. Gary won with a par at the first play-off hole, the 18th.

Gary had a terrible year with his family situation, his little girl passing away, this win was a tribute to her;

 “That was just kind of a tribute to last year, obviously, we lost a little girl, and being there, seeing my wife give birth to her, that’s real.”

“I was in the zone, I mean, I really had it going. My caddie asked me when I got done, did I know I made nine birdies. I didn’t even know I did that.”

Chez grew up on this course, and mentioned the 21 ft putt he made on his last hole for birdie to get into the play-off;

 “That was the dream, man,  I grew up here in Mesa.”

“I carried the sign board here growing up when I was in high school and junior high, and to have a chance to win the tournament this week was a lot of fun.”

“It’s right up there with the putt I made to win in Canada.”

Tied in third place, three shots back at -15 under par were Ollie Schniederjans, -6 under par 65 today, and Brendan Steele, -4 under 67.

Most of the big names, like Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, fell away during the final round, getting close was Phil Mickelson, -2 under 69 today to be in the group at -14 under par.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rickie Fowler Flying High.

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Rickie Fowler is flying high at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after 54 holes at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fowler grabs the 54-hole lead

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Rickie shot a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open at -14 under par, a one shot lead, saying it was a grind today;

“It was a grind, little off in certain areas.”

“I tried to piece things together. We took advantage of the last few holes.”

“That is the biggest scoring opportunity on the golf course.”

“It’s anyone’s tournament tomorrow.”

” I have a one-shot lead, but this tournament is not going to be given to anyone.”

Three players are then tied in second position at -13 under par, Jon Rahm,  -6 under 65 today, Chez Reavie, -4 under 67, and Bryson DeChambeau, -3 under 68.

Bryson knows it is still anyone’s tournament;

“You’ve got to go for flags, I mean, that’s the bottom line. You’ve got to do it. “

“Everybody’s looking to win out here.”

Another three players are at -12 for the tournament, fan favorite Phil Mickelson, -5 under 66 today, Daniel Berger, -3 under 68, and Xander Schauffele, -5 under 66.

Phil is looking to break his win drought;

“This would be the place to do it, because I really do feel the energy of the crowd and the support coming down the stretch.”

“Those last five, six holes, I seem to play some of my best golf, hit some of my best shots in that environment with the people here, the way they have been so supportive.”

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rickie and Bryson Share 36 Hole Lead.

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Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau share the Waste Management Phoenix Open lead after 36 holes at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona

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Rickie and Bryson both posted another set of  -5 under par 66 rounds, to share the Waste Management Phoenix Open with -10 under totals.

Rickie is playing well;

“Made some really good swings on the front nine.”

 “Felt like we were in a good spot on the back nine as well. A couple bad swings, but more just didn’t capitalize on a couple opportunities.”

“Just keep the gas pedal down.”

“Once we started making birdies at Tiger’s event in the Bahamas, that was kind of the whole game plan was just keep going.”

“Like I said, we’ll piece two nines together at some point and we’ll have some fun tomorrow and hopefully put ourselves in a good spot for Sunday.”

Bryson changed his irons, with spectacular results;

“Every once in a while I was catching some fliers off of the face with some inconsistent smash factors, and it was just piercing through the wind these last couple weeks, and unfortunately that led to some unfortunate mistakes.”

“But we switched clubs and I got some fresh grooves in the bag and was able to be a lot more consistent this week.”

“What’s really funny is when I don’t play the golf course very much, I go out there with no mindset of trouble or even where to be really, and it frees me up, actually.”

“So whatever reason, not playing golf courses has just aided to my benefit.”

Tied in third place at -9 under par are Daniel Berger, -6 under 65 today, and Chez Reavie, also with -6 under 65.

The rest of the field are very close behind, in a tightly congested leaderboard, so moving day tomorrow will be very interesting.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Matsuyama Withdraws.

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Two time Waste Management Phoenix Open winner Hideki Matsuyama withdraws from the tournament prior to the start of the second round at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona, due to a left wrist injury.

Hideki Matsuyama withdrew prior to hitting a shot in the second round. (Getty Images)

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Hideki, from Japan,  was trying to match the achievement of Arnold Palmer, who won  here three times in a row from 1961-1963;

“The pain in my left thumb area started on 13th hole yesterday.”

“I did some treatment last night, but the pain was still there this morning when I practiced.”

“I decided that it was not worth forcing myself to continue to play and worsen the injury, so I was disappointed that I had to withdraw.”

“As much as I wanted to continue to play and with the three-peat in mind, the pain was just too much.”

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Bill Haas Leads.

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Bill Hass leads the Waste Management Phoenix Open after the first round at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

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Bill shot a  Waste Management Phoenix Open first round -7 under 64 to top the leaderboard at TPC Scottsdale.

Bill had been struggling with the putter recently, but needed on 29 on his round today;

“I’ve been struggling, so just kind of practicing, working hard and trying to figure something out.”

“One of those days where they went in for me, so hopefully it will be one of those weeks.”

“It is only one round. I’m not saying I’m cured by any means, I’m still grinding and practicing, so hopefully you figure it out.”

“The best players seem to play well every week, and that’s kind of the goal is just to get a little bit more consistent and not have those weeks where you putt so bad or hit it so bad.”

“To compete with these guys week in and week out, you’ve got to be sharp.”

Five players are then tied in second place at -5 under par after rounds of 66; Billy Horschel, Bryson DeChambeau, Chesson Hadley, Chris Kirk and Rickie Fowler.

Rickie  knows he will win here, one day;

 “I just figured it was a matter of time before I was the last one standing on Sunday.”

 “We have given ourselves some pretty good chances. Losing to Hideki two years ago in the playoff.”

“It’s just a matter of time; I know I can win here, and sometimes you just got to be in the right place at the right time, or not get a bad kick on 17, but we’re going to get one.”

The tournament entertainment from the gallery stepped up a notch this year, with a naked male streaker running around the 16th. H e was arrested, and charged with indecency, along with being intoxicated. Not really what you would wish to see on the golf course.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hideki Retains Title.

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Hideki Matsuyama retains his Waste Management Phoenix Open title, in the same manner as last year, a four hole play-off, at TPC Scottsdale. This year it was against Webb Simpson.

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Repeat Champion Hideki 

Hideki and Webb were tied at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after four rounds with -17 under par totals.

Hideki shot a last round -5 under 66, but Webb caught him at the top with a -7 under par 64.

Hideki was thrilled to become the first player to defend his title at TPC Scottsdale, with a birdie at the fourth play-off hole the 17th, with good putting;

“I don’t know if I played that well, but I won.”

“It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

“I really didn’t think I could do it, and it was a struggle all the way around.”

 “But I’m just thrilled to win.”

“That putt at 18 [in regulation], I don’t know how it stayed out.”

 “But during the playoff, I did hit some good putts. Just the line wasn’t there, and so, you know, up and down.”

“But I didn’t lose confidence. I just kept grinding and had patience.”

Webb was gracious in defeat, and said his putter is the key for him, the anchoring rule hurt bad ;

“My hat’s off to him, he’s a great player.”

“I knew he’d be a tough competitor in the playoff,  he’s a great champion.”

“Putting has always been my thing, if I putt well I seem to play well. I’m thankful that I’ve found a method that has been working.”

 “I feel like if any change, just mentally with my putting, is just tried to simplify it. Don’t take too much time and just be thankful. I’m thankful that I made some putts and I had a chance to win the golf tournament.”

Louis Oosthuizen was third, at -16 under par, a final round -6 under par 65 giving that position on his own.

Leader at the start of play Ben An, fell away carding five bogey’s in his last round, and his chance was gone, finishing with a last round +2 over par 73, for sixth place alone.

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Byeong Hun An Has 54 Hole Lead.

 

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Byeong Hun An, from South Korea has the 54 hole lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

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Byeong, who is known on Tour as Ben, had a bogey free third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open, by just one shot at -16 under par,

“Bogey-free again today. I think that was pretty big.”

“I don’t care how many shots’ lead I have in the final round, I’m just happy with today’s round.”

“My goal will be bogey-free again and just play smart.”

“It was crazy,”  last couple holes, that many people around the course is insane. Sixteen, obviously, but 17 and 18, when you walk to the green, it was absolutely packed around the green, left and right of the green, everywhere.”

Martin Laird, born in Scotland, but who is a resident of Scottsdale, holds second place on his own, he also carded a  third round -6 under 65, for a tournament total of -15 under par. Martin said had had putted really nicely again today;

“I played really nicely all day really today, tee to green.”

“I putted really nicely again.”

” It felt good to be out there today. I felt like I had control of my golf ball today.”

John Peterson, U.S.A.-8 under 63 today, Graeme DeLaet, Canada, -6 under 65, Michael Kim, U.S.A. -5 under 66, and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -5 under 66, all share third place at -12 under par.

John carded the low round of the week so far, making some good putts along the way

“I got on a little bit of a heater there and really wasn’t in jeopardy of making bogey after that.”

“It was a lot of good ball-striking and I made a couple good putts, too.”

Graeme is playing well, and looking for birdies;

“I just need to keep making birdies, I’m playing well. I believe in it.”

“But you’ve got to just keep the pedal down out here.”