Quotes from the 2018 Phoenix Open
“I was in the zone,” Gary Woodland said after his play off win at the 2018 Phoenix Open. “I mean, I really had it going. My caddie asked me when I got done, did I know I made nine birdies. I didn’t even know I did that.”
“It’s really hard to put in words right now,” Woodland said. “Last year we battled through it, couldn’t get to the off-season quick enough, couldn’t start 2018 soon enough. For [Jaxson] to be here, it’s obviously a miracle, but I’m just so excited to share this with him and my family, and hopefully it’s the start of something special.”
Chez Reavie made clutch birdies putts on 17 and 18 to force a playoff with Gary Woodland who was at the driving range keeping loose. Reavie said in a post tournament interview. “That was the dream, man,” Reavie said. “… I grew up here in Mesa. I carried the sign board here growing up when I was in high school and junior high, and to have a chance to win the tournament this week was a lot of fun.”
After making a run at the lead, until his drive landed on one of the mega shag covered church pews in the gnarly bunker left of the 18th fairway Phil Mickelson finished tied for fifth at the 2018 Phoenix Open.
“I think that my game’s gotten better each week, my focus is getting better each week,” said Mickelson, who was playing in the tournament for record-tying 29th time. “So I’m hoping that I continue to build on this. This shouldn’t just be a one-week deal. I should be getting better and better as the weeks go on.”
“That was a cool moment there,” Mickelson said of the 30-foot putt he made to birdie the 16th hole in his really that include birdies at 15 and 17. “It’s just a cool feeling. What a great hole.”
After posting a disappointing 73 on Sunday at the 2018 Phoenix Open Rickie Fowler said, “Just couldn’t buy a putt. That’s one of the best clubs in my bag. I felt like I hit a lot of good putts, so it was a little disappointing to not see really anything go in on the back nine. I think that was kind of the biggest letdown.”