Gary Woodland calls son 'a miracle' after winning Phoenix Open

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Gary Woodland celebrated his third PGA Tour victory Sunday with a playoff win on the Waste Administration Phoenix Open.

Woodland gained on the primary playoff gap after capturing a 7-underneath sixty four on the ultimate spherical. Woodland had not gained a PGA Tour occasion since 2013, and he was pleased to get again into the winner’s circle.

“That is fairly particular. It has been an extended 5 years, it has been — nevertheless it’s been coming, we knew it the final month,” Woodland stated after his spherical. “The caddie informed me today, ‘hey, this has been constructing, that is coming’, and positive sufficient today all of it clicked and I made some putts early, gave me some confidence and actually hit the ball properly coming down the stretch.”

The win could not have come at a greater time for Woodland, who final yr endured making an attempt occasions off the course when he and his spouse introduced that one among their anticipated twins died earlier than delivery. The 2 then launched their first youngster, Jaxson Lynn Woodland, into the world final summer time.

“He is a miracle. It places it in perspective,” Woodland stated of his son. “It was clearly an extended yr for us. I am actually completely satisfied; one to be holding him and in addition to be the place I am at. It is exhausting proper now for me to understand it, however it’s emotional, he is a miracle, and I am simply completely satisfied to be right here proper now.”

Woodland birdied 5 holes on the entrance 9, however dropped a pair photographs early on the again aspect. As an alternative of giving up, he completed his spherical with three birdies in his final 4 holes to drive the playoff.

“Actually I used to be within the zone,” Woodland stated. “I imply I actually had it going. My caddie requested me once we received executed, did I do know I made 9 birdies. I did not even know that I did that. I knew I used to be simply making an attempt to provide myself an opportunity.

“I knew there was some birdie holes down the stretch, I knew the blokes behind me might make birdies, I used to be simply making an attempt to provide myself an opportunity each gap as a result of I knew the putter felt good. Sadly I missed the birdie on the final gap. That might have been a very good end, to birdie the final 4. However all in all I used to be very snug with all features of the sport today.”