Gary Woodland ended a five-year winless drought on the PGA Tour with a sudden-death playoff victory over Chez Reavie at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
The big-hitting American was tied at the top, with a final-round 64, on 18-under-par after 72 holes before capturing his third tour victory on the first playoff hole.
Woodland got off to a storm and reached the turn in 5-under, 30, before struggling on the 11th and 14th holes which resulted in dropped shots.
Quick to rebound the Kanas man birdied three of the final four holes on Sunday to post the low round of the day.
Averaging a greens-in-regulation percentage of 77.78%, his stand-out moment was on the ‘loudest hole in golf’, par-3 16th on the Stadium Course, where he fired his tee shot to 8 feet, to the delight of sell-out crowds.
Having been a Callaway loyalist for his last professional win in 2013, he now has an open bag which has been mostly dominated by TaylorMade clubs.
Last week, Woodland put the TaylorMade M3 440cc driver in the bag at the Farmers Insurance Open, and this week reaped the rewards averaging over 318 yards for the week.
This season has already witnessed victories for Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm all playing the TaylorMade ‘twist-face’ technology, Gary Woodland’s triumph makes it five out of five and sees him pick up a $1,242,000 winner’s cheque.
WITB: GARY WOODLAND, 2018 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN
Driver: TaylorMade M3, 9.5° degrees ( Fujikura Speeder, 757 shaft)
Fairway-woods: TaylorMade M2, 15° & 18° degrees (Accra Tour-Z shafts)
Irons: Titleist 716 MB, 4-9i (KBS Tour steel shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7, 48°; Vokey SM7 Raw (52°, 56°); Callaway MD PM Grind (60°) (KBS Tour steel shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Prototype
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X