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. Woodland calls Jaxson his "miracle" son, and he and Gabby held him close and continue to do so after the trials of 2017. Ive played well the last five years, I think I had six second-place finishes.
Said Brennan Little, Woodland's caddie: "His demeanor has been better. Hopefully, it's the start of something special".
Gary Woodland celebrates his win after a one-hole playoff against Chez Reavie on the 18th green during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
But Reavie closed with back-to-back birdies to force sudden death.
The three-time PGA Tour victor Woodland and wife Gabby lost one of their twins to a miscarriage less than a year ago - Woodland held son Jaxson Lynn, who survived the pregnancy, after holing the winning putt for par on the first extra hole.
It had been five long years since he won, but that wasn't what was on Gary Woodland's mind when he made the final putt and pointed to the sky.
Brendan Steele and Ollie Schniederjans shared third place on 269.
Overnight leader Rickie Fowler bogeyed three of his last four holes to struggle to a two-over 73 and finish in tied-11th, while an attendance of more than 64,000 took the week-long total to a PGA Tour all-time high of 719,179 spectators.
The 47-year-old Hall of Famer tied for fifth at 14 under after a 69.
Woodland birdied five holes on the front nine, but dropped a couple shots early on the back side.
"It just sucks to play so well and have a really, really good chance to win this tournament and then to give it away in two holes, really", Thomas said to GolfChannel.com. "I'm hitting the ball where I'm looking and hitting a lot of great putts, and I'm really excited about what's coming". By the time the lead threesome made the turn, Woodland, three groups ahead, was just one shot behind Reavie.
He made his record-tying 29th start in the event he won in 1996, 2005, and 2013.
Reavie bogeyed the 16th to slip two behind but nearly pitched in on his way to birdieing the next and then drained a 20-foot gain at the last to take the contest to extra holes. "I had no idea where he hit it because I was so upset that that even happened". "I've played well on them in the past, and I'm hoping to build on this week's performance". He sandwiched a birdie at the par-five 13th between two bogeys, but birdied the par-five 15th, par-three 16th and par-four 17th to seize the lead. "That's one of the best clubs in my bag".
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