Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler secures win despite final round struggles

first_img Phoenix Open: Final pairing a familiar one; Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas to tee off together Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler enters final round in charge; Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas trail “My dad’s always been here, my grandparents have always been here,” Fowler said. “So it’s always been pretty disappointing to have been there and feel like we were so close to getting a win. … It’s nice to finally get that done. I’m happy for now.”Fowler’s fifth PGA Tour championship was almost spoiled on the par-4 11th hole. His third shot went into the water and he was handed a one-stroke penalty after his dropped ball rolled back into the water. He finished with a triple bogey and moved into a tie for first place.Rickie Fowler has made a triple bogey 7.The lead is down to 1.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019“It wasn’t really fun there for a couple of holes,” he said. “I mean to have what happened on 5, but then 11. (I) kind of just rolled with the punches.”Fowler edged out Branden Grace, who moved two spots up the leaderboard after carding a 2-under 69 to finish in second place (15 under) in his Phoenix Open debut. Grace was going toe-to-toe with Fowler until a bogey on the 17th hole took him out of contention.Branden Grace has found the water on No. 17.He now trails Rickie Fowler by 1.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019″This place was nuts,” Grace said. “It’s everything and more than what I expected and what a fun week it was. I can’t take anything for granted and I had to dig deep today and I did that, it’s just unfortunately one bad shot.” Justin Thomas rounded out the top three. He was paired with Fowler in the final group but two bogeys and one double bogey on the par-4 ninth hole dropped Thomas down to third (14 under). He finished 1-over 71 on the day.Chez Reavie, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar finished in a three-way tie for fourth place (12 under). Gary Woodland, the 2018 Phoenix Open champion, placed in seventh (11 under) with two other golfers.center_img This year, however, there was a much sweeter ending. Fowler won the Phoenix Open by two strokes after carding a double and triple bogey. He finished Sunday shooting 3-over 74 for a tournament total of 17 under.It wasn’t fun, he said, as the rain fell at TPC Scottsdale, but in the end, it was worth it. He handed his grandpa the winning ball and proceeded to hoist a trophy he’s been in contention for many times before. Related News SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It was a handoff Rickie Fowler has been wanting to make.In 2018, he entered the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open as the solo leader but dropped to finish in a tie for 11th place after shooting 2 over. He was moved to tears after his round with friends and family present, including his grandpa who had never seen him win in person.last_img

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