Strong finish lifts Fowler to Phoenix Open lead

Photo Finish In Phoenix
Fowler takes one-shot lead at Phoenix Open

07 February, 2018

But Reavie's bogey on the first and only playoff hole paved the way for Woodland's victory.

It was Woodland's first victory on Tour since he won the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open.

Neither man could find the green with their approach shots, but Reavie left himself a devilish chip, up and over a severe slope to the hole.

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It was a much rougher day for Fowler and Rahm, who remained in contention before falling apart down the stretch. "He's got the ball-striking capabilities to win a Major this year".

Six more players were just three off the pace on 202.World number seven Fowler, whose history of strong showings in Phoenix include a runner-up finish in 2010 and a playoff loss to Hideki Matsuyama in 2016, was rewarded for his patience with a sizzling finish to the day.

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Woodland spoke to CBS while holding young Jaxson, who was born last June, three months after he and his wife lost one of their unborn twins due to complications during the pregnancy.

"I still made some good swings, funky little chip on 17, where we were in a good position to make birdie there after putting myself in a great spot so a little unfortunate to make bogey", Fowler told the Golf Channel. Lowry managed an second round even par 71 featuring two bogies and two birdies to leave him on minus one - right on the cut mark. I came from college, I played a year of basketball (at Washburn), four years (of golf) 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.

"It's a collection of courses I really like", Mickelson said. He birdied the second, third, fifth, eighth and ninth holes but also produced a couple of miraculous par saves to keep his round going.

Justin Thomas shot a five-under 66 in round four to finish in a tie for 17th at 11 under. A succession of pars followed until he picked up another birdie at the 13th. The American quickly rebounded with three birdies on his last four holes to force Reavie to rally.

In six 54-hole leads, Fowler has gone on to win just once. The D-backs have sponsored Reavie for over a decade of his career.

A record crowd of 700,000 people attended the event. The fans in Arizona adore Mickelson, and he adores them straight back, but he was unable to give them the grandstand finish they had all come to see.

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