Rickie Fowler Recovers To Win Waste Management Phoenix Open


Rickie Fowler struggled mightily on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, but recovered down the stretch with birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 to produce a final-round 3-over par 74 to claim victory at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Fowler entered his final day at the Stadium Course holding a four-shot advantage but the 30-year old star never appeared comfortable while carding four-straight pars. He lost his first two strokes with a double-bogey on No. 5, then added four more pars to turn in 37. Despite a 2-over front-nine, Fowler remained four strokes in front as most of Sunday’s chasers couldn’t muster much scoring in the rain-soaked conditions.

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler celebrates following his winning putt on the 18th green during the final round of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on Feb 03, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

A birdie on No. 10 seemed to settle things down for Fowler, but disaster followed on the 11th, when an errant chip shot landed in the water, leading to a triple-bogey 7. A bogey on the next hole saw him fall from the top spot for the first time all weekend. He regained the lead with a birdie on No. 15 and extended the advantage with another gain on No. 17 to finish 17-under par, two clear of Branden Grace.

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