Rickie Fowler overcomes strange triple bogey to win Phoenix Open

Rex Christensen
February 6, 2019

Rickie Fowler started out the final day of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a commanding four-shot lead, an impressive -20, over the rest of the field and the tournament was considered his to win or lose.

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Fowler looked set to squander a five-shot lead with just eight holes to play when he chipped into the water on the 11th and then, after taking a penalty drop and walking away to survey his next shot, saw his ball roll back into the hazard. Standing above a greenside bunker at TPC Scottsdale's hard par-4 11th hole, Rickie Fowler turned just in time to see his ball, one he had just placed after penalty, trickle into the water. Things took a turn for the weird when after taking a routine drop, Fowler walked up to the green to take a look at his options - only for his ball to roll back into the water yet again.

The oddity happened following Fowler's drop of the ball.

After a discussion with PGA Tour rules official Slugger White, he took another penalty drop and did remarkably well to chip to 15 feet and hole the putt for a freakish triple-bogey seven.

"Other than two holes it was a pretty darn good round", said Fowler, who also double-bogeyed the fifth hole.

"My dad's always been here, my grandparents have always been here", Fowler said.

He now heads back across the Atlantic to take part in the AT&T Pebble Beach pro-Am, one of his favourite tournaments.

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All of a sudden, South Africa's Branden Grace found himself in the most unexpected of leads before 30-year-old Fowler somehow managed to regroup.

On the final hole, Fowler hit his third shot to three feet and then tapped in the victor for his first victory since the 2017 Honda Classic. He hit his approach to two feet for birdie at No. 9, turning in 4-under 31, and followed a birdie at the hard 11th with a two-putt birdie on No. 13.

"I did a decent job of getting past the two holes which cost us five shots today".

The drama didn't end there.

Grace finished at 15 under after a 2-under 69. He third shot, a pitch, rolled across the green and into a lake left and behind the green. He hacked the ball out short of the green and got up-and-down for the long-awaited victory. Right after the round, Fowler was wiped out after the emotional roller coaster.

Dustin Johnson won the Saudi International, closing with a 3-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Li Haotong of China in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

"The way I was playing this week, I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I thought it was going to be a lot easier than that out there today".

England's Tom Lewis was third at 16 under after a 65.

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