After almost 18 months since his last PGA victory, Rickie Fowler held on strong for the Honda Classic win behind a 1-over 71 in the final round.
One putt made its way into a sprinkler hole and a tee shot went for a dip, but Fowler sank clutch putts and stayed the course along the way. It wasn’t perfect, but he got it done.
Fowler’s victory comes on the heels of back-to-back victories by Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Fowler though, seemed more focused on playing good golf and working hard after the win, saying, “Whether I’m talked about with those guys or not, I just want to play the best that I can and keep pushing myself and, ultimately, just keep trying to put myself in position to win and start collecting more of these.”
Two of Fowler’s winning plays came on the 12th (40-foot birdie putt) and 13th (25-foot birdie putt). Sunday was the windiest day of the tournament, but he stayed poised even when his lead was down to one during his 12th.
That challenge by co-runner up, Gary Woodland, is what made the consecutive birdies by Fowler so special. Woodland had a few more chances, but could not capitalize. Fowler closed his fourth PGA Tour title with two bogeys.
But as Fowler said, “A win is a win.”
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