Gary Woodland ended a five-year wait for his third PGA Tour title with a play-off win in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Woodland's play-off joy in Phoenix

Woodland's play-off joy in Phoenix

The 33-year-old American was trailing overnight lead Rickie Fowler by three shots going into Sunday's play at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

However, the world number 53 put in an impressive final round as he fired nine birdies on his way to a seven under 64.

Woodland was joined on 18 under for the tournament when fellow compatriot Chez Reavie birdied the final two holes and the pair were forced to contest a play-off.

But when Reavie bogeyed the first extra hole it was left to Woodland to celebrate a long-awaited victory which he dedicated to his family after the sad loss of one of his unborn twins last March.

On his win, he said: 'I put a lot of work in this offseason...my short game needed some adjustment, I spent some time with Pete Cowen.

'He really got me confidence in my short game and that allowed me to be more aggressive...play aggressive off the tee, play aggressive with the irons and attack from there.'

As for the future, Woodland added: 'We’re just building, we’re going to keep growing, keep getting better, I’ve still got some work to do. I still need to get more comfortable with the little things that I’m working on. But I’m excited overall where we’re at.'

Meanwhile, Ollie Schniederjans and Brendan Steele finished three shots off the leading duo in third, Phil Mickelson finished in a share of fifth, while Fowler finished six shots off the pace after a final round 73.


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