SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Standing over a bunker at the edge of the green at the tough 11th hole of the TPC Scottsdale, Rickie Fowler turned just in time to see his ball, the one he had just placed after penalty , then spin in the water.
Fowler had already had his share of bad luck at the Phoenix Open. Now, bullets rolled alone in danger.
Unable to take a break, Fowler took the initiative to create his own.
Fowler scored a bizarre triple trio of odd bogey at 11th with clutches and finally won Sunday's tournament, which he missed twice.
"I did not think it would be easy, but the way I was playing this week, I thought it would have been easier," Fowler said. "It was a bit difficult. I had two hard breaks and I had to deal with punches, a few big ones, but it feels good now.
After a pair of 64 and a 65, Fowler shot 74 out of 74 in the final round on a soggy Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, the record of a tournament history winner. He finished under 17 years 267 to beat Branden Grace two shots for his fifth title on the PGA Tour.
Fowler had another over-normal run with a 54-hole lead – he's 7 of 7 – but managed two birdies on two of his last four holes to take the lead of the third round for the second time , with the 2017 Honda Classic.
Fowler also scored a double boguey on the fifth hole, making him the first player on the PGA circuit to win this victory with a double boguey and a triple boguey or worse since 1983.
"He really dug and was successful," Grace said.
David Hearn (72) of Brantford, Ont., Tied for 33rd place at 278 less. Adam Hadwin (72) of Abbotsford, BC, tied for 44th place under 280.
Fowler had his share of grief at the Phoenix Open. He had a 54-hole lead last year and scored a double on 73 to finish six shots behind Gary Woodlandr. In 2016, Fowler dug a two-shot lead with two holes to go before losing in the playoff match against Hideki Matsuyama. He was hit twice in the water by the 17th of the normal.
None of this compared to what happened to him on Sunday.
He led by four before starting the day, he managed five shots on goal on the t-shirt number 11. The head was following a strange sequence of events along by 4.
As the rain began to fall, Fowler struck his approach shot to the right of the green and his token jumped from the flag into the water, resulting in a two-stroke penalty. He dropped by a bunker and, while he was standing on the green watching his next shot, his ball rolled into the water without being touched.
Official PGA Tour rules, Slugger White, determined that Fowler's ball was in play after the fall, which earned him a penalty of one shot. Fowler had ups and downs from there, hitting in a 17-foot putt for the triple bogey 7 – his seventh double bogey or worse when he played with a 54-hole lead.
"It was a big kind of turnaround," said Fowler. "At worst, I make a bogey with a semi-decent chip and I still control the tournament very well, but with all that happened there, it was a (four) shot." pretty quickly, it's bad, but it's just like putting that behind me. "
Grace made a 50-foot birdie putt just ahead of the 12th normal in the third inning. They were tied at 15 cents, while Fowler could not get up and get off the bunker on the same hole. Grace climbed one with a 3-foot birdie throw on No. 13.
Fowler refused to give in.
He reached the par-5 15th in two in 239 yards and his two-stroke swallow earned him a tie in the lead. Grace then shot her tee shot in the water during the short 17th inning by 4, hit her third shot in the bunker after a penalty and took a boguey, giving Fowler a lead of one. stroke.
Fowler drove 336 yards on the 33rd yard and two shots to allow a bird to extend its lead by two strokes.
The drama did not stop there.
Grace had highs and lows for the par from the right to the right of the 18th green, finishing at 15 under a doubling of 69.
Fowler shot his tee shot on 18 left, landing in the tall grass between the church bunkers. He cut the ball off the putting green and played the long-awaited victory.
"I think he's going to make more use of something like that, by showing resilience and coming back like that, instead of winning four or five wins," said Justin Thomas, who finished third, three behind Fowler after a win of 72.
Maybe in the future. Just after the round, Fowler was eliminated after the emotional roller coaster ride.
"I never want to live in such a situation again," he said. "It was not fun."
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