Fowler Shakes Off Overrated Tag to Win Players Championship

Some anonymous golfers will need to rethink some things after one of the players they labelled as the most overrated on the tour claimed victory at the Players Championship.

Source: Richard Heathcote/ Getty Images

Source: Richard Heathcote/ Getty Images

Known as the unofficial fifth major, Rickie Fowler came home strongly on the back nine to help force a playoff on the final day of the Players Championship.

 

After 72 holes at the famous TPC Sawgrass course, Fowler, Kevin Kisner, and Sergio Garcia couldn’t be split at 12 under par after the latter two both missed chances to win on the 72nd hole.

 

This meant there would be a playoff and after Garcia was knocked out of contention after the third hole, it came down to Fowler and Kisner.

 

On the famous 17th hole surrounded by water, Fowler hit a magnificent tee shot that gave him a nice putt for birdie and he promptly put it in the cup to secure victory.

 

The win marks Fowler’s first victory since 2012, and the American was grateful to finally capitalise on a good final round.

 

“I felt really good all week, it’s pretty fun, this is special,” said Fowler.

 

“I was always looked at as only having one win on tour, and I always felt that I needed to put myself in position to win more often, and I did that last year.

 

“I wasn’t able to end up as the last guy standing then but it feels good to be back in that position, and I’m hoping to be back in the same position more often.”

 

John Senden finished as the best place Australian in the field, finishing in a tie for eighth at eight under par.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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