It took 73 holes to decide this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and it certainly did not disappoint. After the scheduled 72 holes, Gary Woodland and Arizona State alumnus Chez Reavie were tied at 18-under.
Reavie fired back to back birdies to force the playoff while Woodland waited in the clubhouse, finishing his round nearly 45 minutes earlier.
It only took a single playoff hole for Woodland to be crowned champion, as he made par and Reavie squandered a bogey to place second in the Phoenix Open. Reavie missed out on an extra $500,000 but should still be happy with a $745,000 check after a solid weekend’s worth of work.
Woodland stunned a group of top golfers with a final round 64, earning he low score of the day, after trailing by three strokes at the beginning of the round.
Several other former Sun Devils represented the university well with their impressive play. Phil Mickelson, the local favorite, finished T-5 at 14-under, which was the lefty’s best finish at this tournament since 2013, the last time he won it there.
Former ASU golfer Jon Rahm wears a Pat Tillman jersey on the 16th tee pic.twitter.com/df4MgZJXdk— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 2, 2018
No. 2 golfer in the world and most recent Sun Devil graduate, Jon Rahm finished T-11 at 12-under, tied with the likes of Daniel Berger and Rickie Fowler. All three golfers were in contention heading into the final day, but finished a combined 3-over par, keeping them outside the top-10.
Two-time defending champion Hideki Matsuyama withdrew after the first round due to a wrist injury, dismissing his chance to go for the three-peat.
The PGA Tour heads to Pebble Beach next week for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where Jordan Spieth will look to defend that title after missing the weekend cut this past week in Phoenix.