Powered by steady play, the Honda Classic is Rickie Fowler’s to lose on Sunday. The 28-year old will begin the final round with a four-shot lead over the field after a 5-under 65 on Saturday. He birdied two of the last three holes in Round 3.
Fowler will have to keep England’s Tyrrell Hatton who ended Saturday four shots behind him, at bay. Hatton pulled within one of taking over the lead, powered by three birdies in a row, but a bogey on the 17th and par on the 18th left him trailing at 9-under.
It’s been more than a year since Fowler has tasted victory in any event. His PGA Tour drought is even longer. Fowler hasn’t won a tour event since September of 2015. Funny enough, the playing conditions have been rather calm at PGA National so far, but Sunday will present strong winds.
Fowler knows the stakes and what position he’s in, but he is keeping his focus on the task at hand, saying, “But you still have to play, and especially around this place, it can jump up and bite you at any time.”
When asked about the victory drought and where his strong play is coming from, Fowler seemed relaxed in saying:
I’ve had some good finishes and didn’t play as well I would have liked to starting the year in Abu Dhabi, and coming back from the missed cut in San Diego. But I really felt like the swing was in a good spot and was able to go get a good finish in Phoenix. Then I got two weeks off, I had a couple shoots, but was able to get some good time in the gym, some good time playing. Got to play with Butch last Friday and just get confirmation that everything was good to go.”
With Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson closing out the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Genesis Open, respectively, behind solid leads, it’s Fowler’s turn to do it now.
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Rickie Fowler made it look easy at The Bear Trap.
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