What started as a mere formality of a final round turned into a bizarre golf tournament, but Rickie Fowler, who lead after 54 holes in last year’s Phoenix Open, emerged victorious by two strokes over Branden Grace. Beginning the day with a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar, Rickie, along with the rest of the field, struggled in the cold and wet conditions. Even though Fowler would make a double-bogey and 8 pars on the front, he still maintained a two-shot lead over the field. After a birdie on 10, he led by five strokes, but that’s when things went south. When his third shot on 11 went over the green and into the water, his dropped ball, while at rest, rolled back into the water, which required an additional penalty stroke. His triple-bogey 7, followed by a bogey on 12, but him into a share of the lead with Grace, who was one hole ahead of him. After Rickie birdied 15, Branden Grace hit his tee shot on the drivable par-4 17th into the water, resulting in a bogey. When Fowler hit drove the green and two-putted for his birdie, he would take a two-shot lead going into the last hole. After his par putt dropped, the result was a 3-over 74, but it was good enough for his fifth career PGA Tour victory and his first since the 2017 Honda Classic.
Next week, celebrities and the best golfers in the world share the links at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
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