Safe to say we were all holding our breath watching Rickie Fowler during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, but he stayed as composed as ever to see it over the finishing line to claim his first PGA Tour victory of the season.
After 54 holes, Rickie Fowler went into Sunday holding a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar, with Justin Thomas also in the mix. He seemed to be holding his nerve after a fairly solid front nine, but then came the 11th hole where it looked like Fowler was about to crumble.
Staring at a short pitch shot just in front of the green, Rickie looked like he was in a decent position to get up and down for a par, but he slightly overcooked his chip, seeing it trickle into the water. After taking a penalty drop, Rickie walked up to the green to assess what room he was working with and out of nowhere, his ball that he had already placed, slowly rolled back into the water, costing him another shot.
Fans were starting to wonder if we were going to see a repeat of 2018, where Fowler held the lead after three rounds to eventually lose to Gary Woodland. But Fowler looked like a different kind of man, he remained composed, pitched onto the green and sunk the putt to walk way with a triple-bogey seven.
A mistake from Branden Grace on 17 couldn't have come at a better time, giving Fowler a two shot lead on the 18th hole. After finding the rough from his tee shot, Fowler stayed calm and got up and down for par, to claim the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a tournament that means a lot to the American.
Whats in the bag?
Driver: KING F9 SPEEDBACK (Black & Yellow) / 10.5° set to 9° / Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-7x shaft
3 Wood: KING F8+ / 14.5° / Aldila Synergy 70X
Irons: KING Forged MB Irons (4-P) / KBS Tour C-Taper S+ / KING F9 SPEEDBACK 4i
Wedges: KING V-Grind 52°, 56°, 60° / True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron for Titleist Newport 2 GSS prototype
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x 2019