Fowler wins Deutsche Bank Championship

Rickie Fowler pips Henrik Stenson after Swede blows two-shot lead with five to play

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Tue, 8 Sep 2015
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Rickie Fowler came from behind to win the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Massachusetts.

The 26-year-old American trailed Henrik Stenson by two strokes with five holes to play, but sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole before the Swede stumbled on the par-three 16th. 

Stenson hit his ball into the water, later admitting he took the wrong club, and carded a double bogey, which he said was the "killer blow". 

Rickie Fowler: swing sequence

Fowler posted a round of 68 to finish one clear on 15 under, claiming his third PGA Tour title and climbing to world number five. 

"I want to be the best player in the world at some point," Fowler said. "I've been playing very well the last couple of years, it was just a matter of time before I knocked on the door.

"And with the three guys that they talk about, Jason, Rory and Jordan, they've clearly played the best out of anyone over the past few months to couple of years. So I'm trying to be a small fourth thrown in there.”

World number six Stenson, who won the event in 2013, had to settle for a second runner-up finish in a week after falling short at the Barclays. 

Rory McIlroy, who says he is "not worried" about the world rankings, was overtaken as world number one by 22-year-old Jordan Spieth as the Northern Irishman failed to finish in the top 10.

The Texan missed the cut for a second consecutive week, but the rankings take into account performances over the past two years. 

McIlroy, 26, finished 29th after a final round 66, but said he was more concerned with his form and rising up the FedEx Cup standings. 

"My focus the next few weeks is the FedEx Cup and to try to do well on that," McIlroy said.

"I'd love to play the next event well and get myself into the top five going to Atlanta. That's still the goal. I'll probably need a win."

The Tour has a week off before heading to Conway Farms Golf Course to compete for the BMW Championship, the third and penultimate leg of the end-of-season FedEx Cup. 

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