Rickie Fowler overcomes rogue triple bogey to win Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler overcomes rogue triple bogey to win Phoenix Open after carding birdies on final two holes

  • Rickie Fowler birdied two of his final four holes to win the Phoenix Open 
  • A bizarre triple bogey set the 30-year-old back and placed doubt on his position
  • Fowler recovered however and finished strongly to receive a standing ovation 

Associated Press

Rickie Fowler birdied two of his final four holes and overcame a bizarre triple bogey on the 11th hole at TPC Scottsdale to win the Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Leading by five, Fowler took a 7 on the par-4 11th after a chip shot skipped across the green and into the water and a second ball rolled into the water on its own.

Fowler led overnight and had extended his lead to five despite being one over for the final round after 10 holes, but disaster struck as he lost two balls in the water. 

Rickie Fowler recovered on the final holes to record two birdies and win the Phoenix Open

Rickie Fowler recovered on the final holes to record two birdies and win the Phoenix Open

Misfortune appeared to be mounting for Fowler, who took his penalty drop and placed his ball on the slope close to the hazard line.

Walking away however, to inspect the green and judge distance, his ball toppled back into the water in the most unusual circumstance to further reduce his score. 

Branden Grace took the lead with consecutive birdies, but hit his tee shot into the water on the drivable par-4 17th for a bogey.

The 30-year-old had to cope with a minor setback after a bizarre triple bogey caused concern

The 30-year-old had to cope with a minor setback after a bizarre triple bogey caused concern

Fowler had two-putt birdies on Nos. 15 and 17, then got up-and-down on the 18th for par.

He shot 3-over 74 to finish at 17-under 267 for his fifth PGA Tour victory and second in seven tries with a 54-hole lead. Grace closed with a 69 to finish two shots back.

The Californian currently ranks 14th on the PGA Tour leaderboard 


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