Do you remember our post from last week in which we reported on the players that Tour golfers thought were most overrated? Well, in case you missed it, Ian Poulter and Rickie Fowler topped the poll with 24 percent of the vote each. How wrong those who voted for Fowler were.
In THE PLAYERS Championship this weekend, Rickie Fowler tied with both Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner to take the competition to a play-off. In the first aggregate play-off in tournament history, Garcia scored par over 16, 17 and 18, while Fowler and Kisner came in at 1-under. Fowler scored birdie again to take the championship from Kisner on the next.
“I felt really good all week, this is special,” the 26-year-old said, after winning his second Tour title since the Wells Fargo Championship in August 2012.
Talking about the poll conducted by Sports Illustrated, Fowler said: “I laughed at the poll, but 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.”
Fowler said he looks at the event as a major. It has that major feel, it’s a really tough course and there’s no doubt that it displays one of the best fields in the golfing calendar.
“This will definitely give me the momentum going into the US Open (18. June) and makes me feel confident about being in this situation and taking care of business.”
Fowler started his final found three strokes behind leader Chris Kirk, and when we was sitting at 1-over after 10 holes, he didn’t really seem in contention. However, thanks to four birdies and an eagle on the final six holes, Fowler managed to force a play-off.
Check out Rickie Fowler’s stadium-like entrance after he birdied 17