It’s been 8 months since Gary Woodland and his wife suffered unspeakable tragedy, losing their daughter to a miscarriage while their son was born 10 weeks premature last year.
His family showed up to surprise Woodland as he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff on Sunday.
“My wife kind of surprised me with him,” Woodland said. “I didn’t think he was going to be there. I thought it would just be her. For her to bring him out, that was special and something I’ll never forget.”
“For him to be here, it’s obviously a miracle,” Woodland said. “I’m just so excited to share this with him and my family. Hopefully, it’s the start of something special.”
He defeated Chez Reavie in the first hole of the extra frame to win $1.2 million and 500 FedEx cup points. Reavie bogeyed the extra hole, meaning Woodland needed just a par for his third career PGA title.
It’s the first win by Woodland in exactly 4-1/2 years. His last was on August 4, 2013. His final round 64 was the best round of the entire tournament
Local favorite Phil Mickelson tied for fifth, his best finish at a PGA Tournament since the 2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.