Woodland comes through play-off at Phoenix Open: in the bag

Photo Finish In Phoenix

It had been almost 10 years since Reavie's first and only win to date on the PGA Tour when successful at the 2008 Canadian Open but when he birdied his final two holes including one from 25 feet at the last he had joined Woodland at 18 under par and the door was open for win number two.

Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a seven-under 64 - the best round of the day - to finish at 18 under.

Scottsdale resident Reavie built a two-shot advantage after an eagle and birdie in his first five holes. Phil Mickelson, who has won three Phoenix Open titles, finished 2 under par Sunday to end the tournament at 14 under, and Jon Rahm finished 1 over Sunday to finish at 12 under for the tourney.

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Here are some observations after Woodland zoomed to fifth in the FedExCup and reminded us of his staggering talent.

With the win, Woodland made a huge leap in the Ryder Cup USA standings, soaring from No. 28 to No. 7. and he wasn't even the week's biggest mover. "Obviously he's been through a lot and we just didn't want to expose him to too many people", Woodland said Sunday evening.

At that time, Captain Jim Furyk will have his first eight players - automatic qualifiers. "Little bummed that I didn't really make anything on the back nine to at least move up and have a chance". Kuchar also took note of Woodland's recent results, which included top-15 finishes in his last two starts, and felt like his friend might be about to win. It's just I've been feeling good, hitting good shots.

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Reavie, a fellow Kansas native, led for much of the final round until a bogey at the par-3 16 dropped him to 16 under, two shots back of Woodland, who was in the house at 18 under.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how Rory McIlroy gets on this week at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he faces a top quality field.

The two returned to the tee on No. 18, with Woodland driving it into the bunker.

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The 47-year-old, who had slipped to 49 in the world rankings at the start of the week, delighted the gallery at the 16th with a 20-foot putt and made it three birdies in a row by holing from the edge of the green at the next. "The caddie told me today, "hey, this has been building, this is coming", and sure enough today it all clicked and I made some putts early, gave me some confidence and really hit the ball well coming down the stretch".

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