Brotherly Love

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For the third consecutive year, the Waste Management Open finished with a playoff. This year, Gary Woodland was able to dispatch Chez Reavie on the first playoff hole, making a par to win for the first time since 2013. Full scores

Woodland's win came thanks to a final-round, seven-under 64, the lowest round of the day. As usual, Woodland was spectacular tee-to-green, ranking 2nd in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but this week his putter caught fire and led him to victory. Last season, Woodland ranked 168th in strokes gained: putting. This week, he ranked 32nd and was best in the field during the final round. During his win drought, Woodland had notched 20 top-10 finishes, so needless to say... he was due.

Falling short

Chez Reavie fell just short of earning his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2008 RBC Canadian Open. After bogeying the par-3 16th, Reavie birdied the final two holes to force a playoff with Woodland. Reavie's 25' birdie putt on the par-4 18th was gutsy. He is amidst a career season and has notched seven top 25s in eight starts.

At the start of the day, the vast majority of fans would have expected 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler or Jon Rahm to come away with the title. Both struggled mightily in the final group, shooting rounds of 73 and 72. For Fowler, his tee-to-green game suffered from the Sunday scaries. Meanwhile, Rahm's iron game was miserable, losing over 3.5 shots to the field approaching the green.

Notes

It was the fourth straight playoff on the PGA Tour and the sixth already this season. The last time there were playoffs in four straight events was 2013.

Hideki's three-peat bid ended on Friday after the Japanese star WD'd with a wrist injury.

Chris Kirk notched a t11th finish, his third top 11 in five starts since dumping his equipment sponsor PXG.

Phil Mickelson notched his second top 5 of the 2017-2018 season.

Poulter gives the fans what they want, a shank on the 16th.

Zigging while others zag


Geoff Shackelford wrote a great quick read about the PGA Tour's resistance to address it's slow play problem. The resistance comes while almost every other major sport is trying to find ways to speed up their games.

Some photos from the Bay area golf trip

Here is a sneak peek from our golf excursion (Lake Merced, SFGC, Cal Club, Olympic Club-Cliffs, Northwood, Meadow Club, Pasatiempo, MPCC-Dunes & Pacific Grove) through northern California. Look for much more later today. A mailbag is also in the works, so send in any questions you have here.

7th green at Northwood Golf Club-Monte Rio, CA

The 8th, 10th and 11th greens at the Meadow Club, Fairfax, CA

The 10th hole at Monterrey Peninsula's Dunes Course, Pebble Beach, CA

The 11th green at Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz, CA

The Olympic Club Cliffs Course, San Francisco, CA

Call it a comeback

Shubhankar Sharma fired a final-round 62 to capture the European Tour's Maybank Championship. The scintillating final round propelled Sharma to a two-shot win over Jorge Campillo. Full scores

Quick hooks

Former NCAA champion and University of Illinois golfer Scott Langley wins the Panama Championship on the Web.com Tour.