Fowler takes one-shot lead at Phoenix Open

Gary Woodland earned his third PGA Tour win on Sunday after beating Chez Reavie in the first playoff hole in Phoenix at the Waste Management Open.

He then birdied 17 and 18 to enter the play-off as red-hot favourite only to bogey the first extra hole - and Woodland, with a fantastic second shot, took advantage.

After shooting 67-68-67 over the first three rounds, Woodland had Sunday's low score with a 64.

Fowler and DeChambeau both carded five-under-par rounds of 66 at TPC Scottsdale for 10-under 132 totals, one stroke clear of compatriots Daniel Berger and Chez Reavie.

Phil Mickelson clearly relished being back in contention and, when you look at what evergreen Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez has achieved, there's no reason why Mickelson can't end his own drought and win again at the age of 47.

Nonetheless, a conversion rate of two out of seven tournaments is sure to be something of a concern for Fowler who, perhaps surprisingly, still only has four PGA Tour titles to his name.

A long-range two-putt from Reavie at the 13th saw him creep back ahead, only for Woodland to post back-to-back birdies from the 16th on his way to setting the clubhouse target at 18 under. A "fan" who shouted, "tater tots!" during a Spieth downswing on the last hole of his opening round (and was kicked off the property after the incident) did not cause his MC, but it certainly didn't help. He bogeyed three of his last four holes to drop into a tie for 11th at 12 under. Reavie led by two shots at one stage but found himself trailing by two after a bogey at 16. I mean, not really knowing his schedule, missing a few events, going home.

Daniel Berger and former Arizona State player Chez Reavie were a stroke back. 15 and 16. He birdied No. 17 to get back to 12 under, finishing in a tie for 11th with Fowler and four others at 272. Three selections will be announced by Captain Jim Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship scheduled to be completed on September 3, 2018, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship, which is slated to be completed on September 9, 2018. Woodland and his wife were expecting twins past year when - in March - health complications led to the loss of one child.

American Robert Garrigus hit the shot of the day at the driveable par-four 17th, nearly making a rare albatross. He made a double bogey on the par-five third. They played in the final group with Reavie. "I didn't think he was going to be there". He becomes only the third Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh and Anirban Lahiri to win two European Tour events in the same season. "I feel like I have a good chance to win here at some point in my career".



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