The win couldn't have come at a better time for Woodland, who a year ago endured trying times off the course when he and his wife announced that one of their expected twins died before birth.
Gary Woodland (r) beat Chez Reavie in the Phoenix Open playoff. I just couldn't be happier for him. On Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, he was in his father's arms at the trophy celebration after a playoff victory.
After 4 top 10 finishes in 2017, Woodland just needed to put four great rounds together on the same weekend. "Hopefully, it's the start of something special".
Woodland was on the practice range, staying warmed up, when he heard the roar of the gallery at the 18th hole, which let him know that Chez Reavie had caught him and the Waste Management Phoenix Open would be decided in a sudden-death playoff.
He fired a seven-under 67 in Sunday's final round to finish at 18-under for the tournament.
However, Chez Reavie, having bogeyed the par-3 16th, came in with a clutch birdie-birdie finish to take it to a playoff for the PGA Tour's fourth in a row.
It's common for PGA Tour players' families to join them on the 18th green after a victory, but Gary Woodland was nonetheless surprised when his wife brought his son out after his win Sunday evening.
"Yeah, that was just kind of a tribute to a year ago", Woodland said with tear-filled eyes.
The crowd was estimated at 64,273 for a record weeklong total of 719,179.
There was, however, another encouraging performance from 24-year-old American Ollie Schnederjans, who tied for third with Brendan Steele after a 65.
Woodland started the day three shots behind Fowler and raced up the leaderboard with five birdies on the front nine.
Just couldnt buy a putt, Fowler said. "I had no idea where he hit it because I was so upset that that even happened". He becomes only the third Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh and Anirban Lahiri to win two European Tour events in the same season. "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".
A bogey at the fifth from Fowler saw Reavie pull two clear with a 15-foot gain on the same hole, with the leader pitching in to save par from the rough at the par-four next.
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.
Reavie is a local Scottsdale resident who played for Arizona State in college.
Fowler missed birdie chances at the 10th and 14th and found the water off the next tee to see his challenge fade, as Woodland dropped a shot at the 14th but tapped in at the par-five next.