Woodland seals emotional win

05 February 2018 20:07:31 GMTPlus10

Gary Woodland brought an end to his five-year win drought with a play-off victory in the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale and then emotionally pointed to the sky.

Ten months ago the 33-year-old and his wife Gabby lost one of their unborn twins and he revealed he was thinking of her at the moment of success.

"That was kind of a tribute to last year," he said. "We lost a little girl and being there, seeing my wife give birth to her, that was real. Just wanted her to know I still love her."

Woodland's final round of 7-under par 64 forced a play-off with Chez Reavie, the pair of them totalling 18-under 266 for the week, three clear of the field, before Woodland's par at the first extra hole proved decisive.

The champion made five front nine birdies, added another four in a five-hole burst late in the back nine and admitted: "I was in the zone. I mean I really had it going. My caddie asked me when I got done, did I know I made nine birdies and I didn't even know that."

The victory is his third on the PGA Tour, but that five year winless period included injury as well as tragedy.

"It's really hard to put into words right now," he said. "Last year we battled through it, couldn't get to off-season quickly enough, couldn't start 2018 soon enough. Hopefully it's the start of something special."

Woodland, who has twice found himself in the top ten after 18 holes at the Augusta National, is 126.00 to win the Masters.

He was T12th in the 2016 Open Championship, which ties his career-best finish at a Major, and he is 151.00 to claim success at Carnoustie.

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