‘Overrated’ Rickie Fowler claims biggest win of his career at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Just days after Rickie Fowler was nominated in an anonymous poll by his peers as one of the most overrated players on tour (with Ian Poulter), he has claimed the biggest victory of his career by winning THE PLAYERS Championship in extra holes.
Fowler produced some stunning golf over the closing holes to make the playoff. The American made birdie on 15 before a spectacular eagle at the par-5 16th hole. He then made birdies on 17 and 18 to join Sergio Garcia and little known fellow American Kevin Kisner at 12-under par.
A three-hole aggregate playoff began with all three players missing the fairway on the 16th hole and making somewhat boring pars. Kisner and Fowler made birdie at the island-green par-3 17th hole and when Garcia could muster up a birdie on the final hole, he was eliminated.
Kisner and Fowler then went back to the 17th green for the third time on Sunday. Kisner played a good shot straight over the flag t0 15-feet, but Fowler’s shot was even better, somehow squeezing his shot in between the water and the pin, just 5-feet away.
When Kisner’s birdie putt came up short, Fowler rolled in his putt for the victory.
Rickie Fowler’s performance at majors and WGC events since 2014:
Majors: T5, T2, T2, T3, T12
WGC: T44, 3, T8, T3, T12, T9
It’s hard to understand how Fowler was ranked alongside Iain Poulter as the most overrated by his peers. While Fowler was without a win for three years, his performance at the majors and WGC events is incredible. A new poll is obviously needed this week.