Rickie Fowler wins: Come-from-behind victory in Rocket Mortgage Classic Playoffs

Rickie Fowler  tilted his head back, exhaled, and smiled.
After all, what did he do after making many hold their breath for so long to ensure victory?
Fowler, who has always refused to fall, hit a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of the Rocket Mortgage Classic playoffs on Sunday, two weeks after missing an opportunity at the U.S. Open, to beat Colin Morikawa and Hideki Matsuyama. surpassed.
“It feels really good to put an end to this, obviously trying to absorb a little bit,” Fowler said after his first victory in four years.
“Yes, it’s been a long road.”
After missing two wins in June, Fowler tied for fifth at the U.S. Open, ending a long championship losing streak that started 96 times before finishing tied for 69th at last week’s Travelers Championship with a 75. final round. About the 13th
After a day at Orange Shores at Detroit Golf Club, Fowler fell off the top of the leaderboard after a round tied closely with Morikawa.
He hit a 145-foot shot on the lookout on the 72nd hole of the tournament and made a 3-foot birdie putt to tie Morikawa and Hadwin for third at 24-under.
Fowler botched a tee shot and drop in the playoffs, landing 12 feet from the par 184 point. Morikawa pondered what he wanted, and instead of putting the ball in the hole, he jumped the fairway hole. . Morikawa said, “I thought I hit a really good shot,” but “I didn’t have a putter because it was a little wet, a little short, and I didn’t have a putter in my hand.” said. “It’s not that I couldn’t do it, but I wish I had a putter.”

Before lightning struck Detroit, Hadwin missed a 6.5-meter putt and Morikawa’s chip opened the door to the tournament for Fowler.
Fowler, with his remarkable performance, said, ‘I sensed it was merely a question of when I showcased my skills,’ boasting an impressive tally of eight top-10 finishes this season. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks despite the opportunities we’ve had.”
Morikawa was disappointed with his brief performance since winning the 2021 British Open, but was pleased with Fowler’s performance.
His golf game is at an exceptional level, and it’s truly mesmerizing to witness,” he exclaimed
Morikawa went 8-under in the third round, one shot behind Fowler. Hovland had 67 and Fowler had 68.
It was a chance for a first major win for Fowler, who held a 54-hole lead at the Los Angeles Country Club in May and had previously shared the lead every three rounds on at least two occasions. Year.
Prior to his presentation in Detroit, he had two wins in 10 attempts, three of which he was the third round leader or co-leader.
In his quest for his sixth PGA Tour victory, the determined 34-year-old Fowler left no stone unturned, pushing himself physically and mentally. Ever since his triumph at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, Fowler, a beloved figure among fans and a proud ambassador for Rocket Mortgage, had been longing for this moment. As he approached the 18th green, the crowd erupted in cheers, chanting “Rock it!” in a show of unwavering support. You couldn’t help but hope that he would emerge victorious.

Fowler was maintaining a steady pace, matching his opponents shot-for-shot without breaking a sweat. However, a momentary stumble tested his resolve. Undeterred, he regained his focus and embarked on an impressive streak, carding birdies on four consecutive holes on both sides of his match against Morikawa. The atmosphere was electrifying. It was on the 12th hole where Morikawa showcased his skill, sinking a remarkable 10-foot putt.

 

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