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Winner’s Circle: Fowler Overcomes Early Struggles To Claim Victory at the WM 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 Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open
Rickie Fowler shares a kiss in the rain with his fiancé Allison Stokke after winning the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 3, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ. Photo by Tracy Wilcox/Getty Images via PGA TOUR

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.


PRO-FILE

Nationality: American
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 160 lb
Birthdate: December 13, 1988 (age 30)
Native: Murrieta, California
Residence: Jupiter, Florida
College: Oklahoma State
Turned Pro: 2009


FINAL SCORES

Pos-Player-To Par (Today)
1 Rickie Fowler -17 (+3)
2 Branden Grace -15 (-2)
3 Justin Thomas -14 (+1)
4 Chez Reavie -12 (-3)
4 Bubba Watson -12 (E)
4 Matt Kuchar -12 (+4)


THE EARLY ROUNDS

ROUND 1
1. Harold Varner III -7
1. Justin Thomas -7
1. Rickie Fowler -7

ROUND 2
1. Rickie Fowler -13 (-6)
2. Justin Thomas -12 (-5)
3. Trey Mullinax -11 (-7)
3. Branden Grace -11 (-7)

ROUND 3
1. Rickie Fowler -20 (-7)
2. Matt Kuchar -16 (-6)
3. Justin Thomas -15 (-3)


FOWLER’S STATS

Driving: 318.7 yards (11th)
Fairways: 39/56, 69.6% (3rd)
Greens: 52/72, 72.2% (13th)
Putting: 1.673 (6th)
Scores: 1 Eagle, 23 Birdies, 43 Pars, 3 Bogeys, 1 Triple


FOWLER’S VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Video via PGA TOUR Youtube


2018-19 PGA TOUR SEASON

Starts: 4
Cuts Made: 4
Wins: 1 (WM Phoenix Open)
Top 10s: 2 (1st Phoenix, 4th Shriners)
Money: $1,689,888 (8th)
Points: 668 (7th)
World Rank: 8th


CAREER VICTORIES

PGA Tour: 5
2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open
2017 The Honda Classic
2015 Deutsche Bank Championship
2015 The Players Championship
2012 Wells Fargo Championship
2010 Memorial Tournament
European Tour: 2
2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open


MONEY

With his win, Fowler earned $1,278,000.00 and 500 FedExCup points to move up to 7th place.


WORLD RANKING

Fowler received 56 OWGR points and will move to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings.


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


Jordan Thomas

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