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By : BGA Proshop
Heading into the final round with a 4 shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Rickie Fowler needed all those shots to win his first tournament of 2019. In a cold and rainy day at TPC Scottsdale there were plenty of surprises.
The first was at the 3rd hole as Fowler got up and down from a cart path to save par.
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Then things got really interesting on the 11th hole.
In what was a bizarre turn of events, Fowler’s approach shot on the long par 4 ended up right of the green. As rain was coming down his chip then skipped pass the hole and rolled into the water over the back. Fowler had to take a penalty drop and as he was surveying his next shot the ball which he dropped starting to move and rolled back into the water. As the ball was considered in play, he had to incur another penalty. In the end, Fowler walked off the green with a triple bogey and his lead was down to one.
Still rattled by his triple bogey, Fowler bogeyed the 12th and his lead had all but disappeared and was tied with Branden Grace. Grace went on to birdie the 13th and Fowler was one behind feeling that the tournament had slipped through his hands. He was able to regain the lead and tournament when he birdied the par 5 15th and when Grace hit his tee shot into the water on the drivable par 4 17th, he was back in the lead by one.
In the end Fowler won by two strokes and his first win since the 2017 Honda Classic and his fifth career PGA tour victory.
“I hope I never have to go through that again,” Fowler said when it was over, “Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong,”