2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Final Round Review
Another Waste Management Phoenix Open is in the books, and much like the past two years, more than 18 holes were needed to decide a champion during Sunday’s final round. Gary Woodland finds himself in the winner’s circle after besting Chez Reavie in a sudden-death playoff, tapping in for par and the victory on the first playoff hole. This is Woodland’s third PGA TOUR victory, and his first since the 2013 Barracuda Championship.
Woodland made birdie on three of the final four holes to enter the clubhouse as the outright leader at 18-under par. Reavie – who teed off with the final group – entered the final three holes one shot back. Reavie overcame a bogey on 16 and was two shots off the lead with two holes to play before making birdie on 17. The crowd who walked with the final group all day then found themselves at the 18th green to witness Reavie drain a clutch 21-foot putt to force a playoff.
Woodland and Reavie only needed one extra hole to decide a champion. Both players left their approach shots short of the 18th green, but Reavie’s third shot came to rest outside seven feet, which opened the door for Woodland to tap in for the victory. It was the fourth-straight PGA TOUR event ending in a playoff, and the third-straight WM Phoenix Open playoff.
Amazing winter weather and an entire city abuzz with anticipation for the 2018 event drew nearly 720,000 (719,179) fans to the tournament during the week. In total, four attendance records were broken (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) including the weekly total, which broke the previous record (655,434) set just last year by more than 63,000.