ON THE LINKS Sunday’s professional golf results
Gary Woodland beat Chez Reavie with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Playing three groups ahead of Reavie, Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a 7-under 64 — the best round of the day — to finish at 18-under 266 at TPC Scottsdale. Woodland celebrated with wife Gabby and son Jaxson Lynn, who was born a month premature in June. They were expecting twins, but lost one of the fetuses in a miscarriage. Reavie made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to force the PGA Tour’s fourth straight playoff and the event’s third overtime finish in a row. In the playoff on 18, Woodland hit short of the green from the left fairway bunker and chipped to 2 feet to set up his third PGA Tour victory and first since 2013. Reavie missed the green left in the playoff and couldn’t get an 11-footer to fall. He finished with a 66. After a bogey on the par-3 16th, he chipped to 3 feet for birdie on the par-4 17th. Woodland two-putted for birdie on the par-5 15th, curled in an 8-footer on the par-3 16th, made a 5-footer on the par-4 17th and parred the 18th. The crowd was estimated at 64,273 for a record weeklong total of 719,179. On Saturday, 216,818 jammed the grounds, the biggest turnout in golf history.
Shubhankar Sharma of India closed with a 10-under 62 to win the Maybank Championship and become to the highest-ranked player from India. It was the second European Tour victory for the 21-year-old Sharma, who won the Joburg Open in December. He moves to the top of the Race to Dubai standings and is all but assured of a spot in the World Golf Championship in Mexico City next month. Jorge Campillo of Spain closed with a 68 to finish second, one shot ahead of Ryan Fox (66) and Pablo Larrazabal. Lee Westwood shot 70 and tied for 11th. The last two European Tour winners were the 21-year-old Sharma and 22-year-old Li Haotong of China. Sharma will move into the top 75 and replace Anirban Lahiri as the Indian with the highest world ranking.
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Scott Langley won the Web.com Tour’s Panama Championship for his first professional victory. Langley overcame a six-stroke deficit with a 5-under 65. He finished at 7-under 273. He earned $112,500 for his first title since the 2010 NCAA individual championship while at Illinois. Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos (67) and Edward Loar (71) finished two strokes back, Third-round leader Eric Axley had two double bogeys and just one birdie in a 76 that dropped him into a tie for seventh at 2 under.
BARWON HEADS, AUSTRALIA
Australian Minjee Lee shot a 6-under 67 for a five-stroke victory in the Vic Open, the first tournament of the year on the Ladies European Tour. Lee finished with a four-round total of 13-under 279 on the 13th Beach Golf Links, one better than Karis Davidson, who closed with a 71. Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, shot a final-round 70 and finished eight strokes behind in eighth place.