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Woodland wins WMPO in playoff

Monday, February 5, 2018

Waste Management Phoenix Open

Scottsdale, AZ



Beginning Sunday’s final round three adrift of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler, World No. 53 Gary Woodland fired a day- and week-tying-low 7-under-par 30-34=64 to post 18-under 266, and then defeated Chez Reavie (66) on the first hole of sudden death, improving his record to 1-2 in playoffs.


The 33-year-old, a pre-tourney 45/1 outright, claims his third PGA TOUR title in 207 career events, first since the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open (now Barracuda Championship) 113 starts ago.


“It’s nice to be back in here seeing all you guys again,” Woodland remarked at his post-tourney presser.


It’s not like the Kansas alum hasn’t been close. Since winning in Reno (as 54-hole leader) in August, 2013, he’s had seven runner-up finishes, logging at least one in each of the past five seasons.



Final Leaderboard:



P1- Gary Woodland 67-68-67-64= 266 (-18)

P2- Chez Reavie 68-65-67-66 266 (-18)


T3- Ollie Schniederjans 68-68-68-65= 269 (-15)

T3- Brendan Steele 68-67-67-67= 269 (-15)

T5- Chesson Hadley 66-68-68-68= 270 (-14)

T5- Matt Kuchar 71-68-64-67= 270 (-14)

T5- Bryson DeChambeau 66-66-68-70= 270 (-14)

T5- Phil Mickelson 70-65-66-69= 270 (-14)



Note: The playoff was the third straight at the WMPO and the fourth straight on TOUR this season.





FIRST playoff hole (par-4 18th):




Shot 1: 317 yards to fairway bunker, 115 yards to hole

Shot 2: 103 yards to right fairway, 37’8” to hole

Shot 3: 36’0” to green, 2’0” to hole

Shot 4: putt, in the hole; par



Shot 1: 291 yards to fairway, 144 yards to hole

Shot 2: 134 yards to left fairway, 55’10” to hole

Shot 3: 44’0” to green, 11’10” to hole

Shot 4: putt, missed; made bogey



Woodland is now 7-for-9 at the WMPO with three top 25s and two top 10s (T5/2011). His record at the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale since it was renovated in 2015: P1-CUT-T33-CUT







Playing his 10th season on TOUR, Woodland has now recorded 29 top-10 finishes (207 career starts) with 12 of those podiums. Along with his 3 wins, he’s also finished runner-up eight times and third-place once.


207: career starts

159: cuts made (76%)


75: top 25s (36%)

29: top 10s (14%)

8: runners-up

3: wins







While this was Woodland’s third TOUR title, it’s his most notable to date with a Strength of Field rating of 477.


The 2013 Barracuda was an opposite-field event with a SOF rating of 30, while the SOF in his maiden win at the 2011 Transitions (now Valspar) Championship was 358.



2018 WM Phoenix Open (come from behind, 3-shot deficit)

R4: began T8

Shot: 7-under 64

Winning Margin: PLAYOFF

Career Start: 207



2013 Reno-Tahoe Open (54-hole leader)

*Modified Stableford

R4: began 1st

Shot: +7 points (3-under 69)

Winning Margin: +9 points

Career Start: 94



2011 Transitions Championship (come from behind, 2-shot deficit)

R4: began T4

Shot: 4-under 67

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 33



Wins by Season:


2018: 1

2017: 0

2016: 0

2015: 0

2014: 0

2013: 1

2012: 0

2011: 1

2010: 0 (Major Medical Extension)

2009: 0 (shoulder injury; surgery)







Woodland finished 28th in the FEC standings last season, concluding with a 19th-place finish (of 30) at the TOUR Championship, where he was T4 thru 36 holes. It was the second straight season that he qualified for the finale at East Lake, fourth in the last five, and fifth overall in nine seasons on TOUR.





26 starts

22 cuts made


9 top 25s

5 top 10s

4 top 5s

2 runners-up (OHL Classic, Honda Classic)







Consecutive cuts made dating to last season. His last MC was at THE NORTHERN TRUST (first event of the 2017 FedExCup Playoffs). The Florida resident checked in this week off a T12 at last week’s Farmers, where he was T5 thru 54 holes (74-68-66-75).


Season Form: P1-T12-T7-T34-T18-T40-T28

FedExCup Rank: 5th (UP 33)

OWGR: 26th (UP 27)




How Woodland Reached Sudden Death:



After kicking off in 67-68-67, the Kansas native began T8, trailing Fowler by three, who shot 73, and Reavie by two, who was in the final group with Fowler.


Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, Woodland hit seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, smothering two bogey-5s at 11 and 14 with nine birdies at 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 13 and 15-17, six from between eight and 15 feet. He posted 3.50 SG: Putting and 6.21 SG: Total, both tops in R4.


Woodland went out in blemish-free 5-under, buoyed by a crucial par save at the par-4 sixth, where he pitched in from the rough 30’4” away.


After his first dropped shot at 11, he now trailed Reavie by one, who had reached the turn in bogey-free 3-under.


Woodland played his final seven holes in 3-under, including three straight circles at 15, 16 and 17, while Reavie came home in 2-under, highlighted by a birdie-birdie finish and walk-off 3 from 21’4” to force extra time.




Round 4 Stats Comparison (ranking of 72 players):



SG: Off-the-Tee:

Woodland: -0.2 (45th)

Reavie: 1.1 (12th)


SG: Approach-the-Green:

Woodland: 2.05 (5th)

Reavie: -0.43 (45th)


SG: Around-the-Green:

Woodland: 0.86 (18th)

Reavie: 1.74 (6th)


SG: Putting:

Woodland: 3.5 (1st)

Reavie: 1.8 (12th)


SG: Total:

Woodland: 6.21 (1st)

Reavie: 4.21 (T3)



Woodland: 26 (T3)

Reavie: 28 (T16)




Woodland’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 72 players):



Eagles: 1 (T3)

Birdies: 26 (1st)

Bogeys: 7 (T12)

3+ Bogeys: 1 (T67)



Par-3 Scoring: 3.00 (T36)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.82 (T4)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.17 (1st)



Driving Accuracy: 34/56 (T19) at 60.71%

Driving Distance (all drives): 313 yards (8th)

GIR: 56/72 (4th) at 77.78%

Proximity to Hole: 34’11” (13th)

Putts per GIR: 1.714 (T10)

Total Putts: 115 (T24)

Putts by Round: 32-30-27-26

Scrambling: 11/16 (25th) at 68.75%

All Around: (2nd)



SG: Off-the-Tee: 3.161 (12th)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 7.627 (2nd)

SG: Around-the-Green: 0.877 (32nd)

SG: Putting: 3.386 (16th)

SG: Tee-to-Green: 11.664 (2nd)




Woodland’s Position by Round:



R1: T7

R2: T8

R3: T8

R4: T1


Note: R4 was Woodland’s first lead/co-lead this season after any round (seven starts), and his first since R3 of the 2016 OHL 29 starts ago.



Reavie’s Position by Round:



R1: T12

R2: T3

R3: T2

R4: T1


Note: R4 was Reavie’s first lead/co-lead this season after any round (eight starts), and his first since R2 of the 2017 FedEx St. Jude 17 starts ago.




Leader/co-leaders by Round:



R1: Bill Haas (finished T26): Drops to 1-for-8 as 18-hole leader/co-leader


R2: Rickie Fowler (T11): Drops to 0-for-8 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R2: Bryson DeChambeau (T5): Drops to 0-for-2


R3: Rickie Fowler (T11): Drops to 1-for-6 as 54-hole leader/co-leader


R4: Gary Woodland (P1): Improves to 1-2 in playoffs

Won, 2018 WMPO

Lost, 2014 CIMB Classic (to Ryan Moore)

Lost, 2011 Bob Hope Classic (now CareerBuilder Challenge) (to Jhonattan Vegas)


R4: Chez Reavie (P2): Drops to 0-2 in playoffs

Lost, 2018 WMPO

Lost, 2011 Deutsche Bank (now Dell Technologies) Championship (to Webb Simpson)




Field Scoring Average:



This was the 80th playing of the WMPO, 34th consecutive at TPC Scottsdale:


7,266 yards; par 71 (35-36)


R1: 70.89

R2: 70.05

R3: 69.90

R4: 70.21



Total: 70.32


Woodland: 67-68-67-64 for 15.051 SG: Total

Reavie: 68-65-67-66 for 15.051 SG: Total







In total, 72 pros from a field of 132 pros made the cut of 1-under 141:



EARLY/late: 33 of 64; 2 WDs

LATE/early: 39 of 65; 1 WD



Of the 10 players who finished in the top 10, FIVE came from each side of the draw:


EARLY/late: Chez Reavie (P2); Bryson DeChambeau (T5); Phil Mickelson (T5); Brian Gay (T9); Martin Laird (T9)


LATE/early: Gary Woodland (P1); Ollie Schniederjans (T3); Brendan Steele (T3); Matt Kuchar (T5); Chesson Hadley (T5)






6 (of 13) tourneys this season with a traditional draw:





EARLY/late: 3


LATE/early: 3




Low Rounds:



R1: 64: Bill Haas

R2: 65: Daniel Berger, Scott Stallings, Adam Hadwin, Phil Mickelson, Chez Reavie

R3: 64: Beau Hossler, Matt Kuchar

R4: 64: Gary Woodland




Bogey-free Rounds:



R1: Bill Haas (64); Billy Horschel (66); Bryson DeChambeau (66); Chez Reavie (68), Ben Martin (69)

R2: Daniel Berger (65); Adam Hadwin (65); Chez Reavie (65); Steve Stricker (67); Nick Watney (68); Justin Thomas (68); C.T. Pan (68); Bubba Watson (69)

R3: Alex Noren (65); Phil Mickelson (66); Brandt Snedeker (71_all pars)

R4: Ollie Schniederjans (65); Justin Thomas (66); Vaughn Taylor (67); Kevin Streelman (69)



Multiple bogey-free rounds:


(x2): Reavie, Thomas




Career-Best Finishes:







Updated Top 10 in FEC standings (points):



Woodland collects 500 FEC points for the victory and jumps 33 places to 5th in the FEC standings, 497 points behind leader Patton Kizzire (T31), who stays atop the standings for a fourth event in a row and sixth week overall this season.



1. Patton Kizzire (1,247)

2. Jon Rahm (908)

3. Brendan Steele (812); UP three

4. Pat Perez (761); DOWN one

5. Gary Woodland (750); UP 33

6. Austin Cook (721); DOWN one

7. Dustin Johnson (718); DOWN three

8. Justin Thomas (688); DOWN one

9. Brian Harman (630); DOWN one

10. Jason Day (630); DOWN one



Note: Justin Rose (628) dropped from 10th to 11th (idle)




Updated Top 10 in OWGR:



With a Strength of Field rating of 477 (up from 415 last year), Woodland banks 60.00 world-ranking points and vaults 27 spots to 26th in OWGR. His career high is 24th after the 2015 Wells Fargo.



1. Dustin Johnson

2. Jon Rahm

3. Jordan Spieth

4. Justin Thomas

5. Justin Rose (UP one)

6. Hideki Matsuyama (DOWN one)

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Rory McIlroy

9. Brooks Koepka

10. Jason Day




Field Breakdown & Top-10 Finishes:



OWGR field average: 244th

OWGR average for top-10 finishers: 88th  



12 of the Top 25 in OWGR were in the field

1 finished in the top 10



21 of the Top 50 OWGR

2 finished in the top 10



No. 19 Matt Kuchar (T5)

No. 49 Phil Mickelson (T5)





Overall, 10 players finished in the top 10.



Other Top 10s:



No. 51 Brendan Steele (T3)

No. 53 Gary Woodland (P1)

No. 79 Chesson Hadley (T5)

No. 93 Chez Reavie (P2)

No. 99 Bryson DeChambeau (T5)

No. 111 Ollie Schniederjans (T3)

No. 137 Martin Laird (T9)

No. 194 Brian Gay (T9)



Other Notables:



No. 2 Jon Rahm (T11); top-ranked

No. 3 Jordan Spieth (CUT); ends consecutive cuts made streak at 13

No. 4 Justin Thomas (T17); sixth straight top 25 on TOUR

No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama (WD); two-time defending champ

No. 7 Rickie Fowler (T11)

No. 14 Marc Leishman (T31)

No. 16 Alex Noren (T21)

No. 31 Daniel Berger (T11)

No. 37 Tony Finau (CUT); ends consecutive cuts made streak at 19

No. 40 Webb Simpson (CUT)




Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:



5: Brian Harman

4: Patton Kizzire, Chesson Hadley

3: Marc Leishman, Pat Perez, Brian Stuard, Andrew Landry




Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:



6: Justin Rose (T8-1-T10-T2-T10-T10)

2: Dustin Johnson (1-T2)




Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:







Consecutive Top-25 streaks on TOUR:



9: Jason Day (P1-T11-T11-T17-4-T25-T6-T9-T24)


6: Justin Rose (T8-1-T10-T2-T10-T10)

6: Justin Thomas (T17-T14-T22-P1-T17-2)


4: Paul Casey (T11-T19-T7-5)

4: Daniel Berger (T11-T14-T11-T24)


3: Dustin Johnson (1-T2-T17)

3: Gary Woodland (P1-T12-T7)

3: Rafa Cabrera Bello (T5-T11-T10)




Consecutive Top-25 streaks ENDED at:



6: Cameron Smith (T48-T20-T18-T17-3-T5-T12)

6: Zach Johnson (T57-T20-T14-T8-T23-T13-T20)

6: Jordan Spieth (CUT-T18-T9-T7-T7-2-P2)

4: Austin Cook (T31-T14-T18-T22-1)

3: Brandon Harkins (CUT-T12-T8-T25)




TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:



TOUR Rookies: 6

Top-10 finishes: 0



Austin Cook: Making his tournament debut, the 26-year-old took top-rookie honors with T31 on 7-under 277 (70-69-68-70). It’s the fourth time this season in eight starts where he was the top rookie. The Arkansas alum is T2 on TOUR with six top-25 finishes.


Season Form: T31-T14-T18-T22-1-T50-T20-T25


Starts: 8

Made Cuts: 8


Top 25s: 6

Top 10s: 1


FEC Rank: 6th (DOWN one)

OWGR: 111th (UP four); career high




First-Timers: 20

Top-10 finishes: 1



Bryson DeChambeau: Making his tournament debut, the 24-year-old and second-round co-leader was top debutant with a season-best T5 on 14-under 270 (66-66-68-70), down three spots in R4, four swings short of the playoff.


He was chasing his second TOUR title in 52 career events, joining his maiden win at the 2017 John Deere (come from behind). The California native improves to 5-for-6 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s (T7, Shriners). His career best is T2 at the 2017 Puerto Rico Open (as 36-hole co-leader).


Season Form: T5-CUT-26-T14-T7-T17


Starts: 6

Made Cuts: 5


Top 25s: 4

Top 10s: 2


FEC Rank: 33rd (UP 20)

OWGR: 85th (UP 14)




Picking a Winner:





Through 13 events this season:



4 winners were in their 20s

7 were in their 30s (Woodland: age: 33)

2 were in their 40s





10 (of 13) winners had a top-25 finish the start prior (76.9%):

Woodland, T12 (Farmers)





4 (of 13) winners had a top-10 finish the start prior (30.7%)





Average winner’s pre-tourney odds outright (rounded)





In the last 106 events on TOUR, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won 8 times for a conversion percentage of 7.5%.



This Season:


13 tournaments

2 pre-tourney faves/co-fave won:


Jon Rahm: 8/1 (CareerBuilder)

Justin Thomas: 15/2 (CJ CUP)



Last Season:


47 tournaments

4 pre-tourney faves/co-fave won:



Henrik Stenson: 14/1 Wyndham (co-fave)

Jordan Spieth: 12/1 The Open

Jordan Spieth: 8/1 Travelers

Dustin Johnson: 13/2 WGC-Mexico



This week’s favorite(s):


Jordan Spieth (9/1): Missed the cut by one on even-par 72-70=142. First MC at the WMPO (three tries), first MC since 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson last May.   



Last week’s winner(s):


Jason Day (idle)






7 (of 13) winners this season have emerged out of the FINAL group on Sunday (53.8%)





Gary Woodland (WMPO): Fourth-to-last threesome

Jason Day (Farmers): Third-to-last threesome

Jon Rahm (CareerBuilder): Penultimate threesome

Patrick Cantlay (Shriners): Third-to-last threesome

Justin Rose (WGC-HSBC): Penultimate threesome

Brendan Steele (Safeway): Penultimate threesome

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