Fowler survives Sunday scare to secure Phoenix title
4 February 2019
Rickie Fowler endured a roller-coaster Sunday afternoon at the Waste Management Phoenix Open before stumbling over the line to pip Branden Grace to the title after a final-round of high drama at a rain-soaked TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
Fowler was cruising to his first win for almost two years as he held a five-shot advantage despite being one over for the day after 10 holes, but the tournament turned on its head in the space of two holes as Fowler triple-bogeyed 11 and bogeyed 12 just as Grace made back-to-back birdies to snatch the lead.
But Fowler regrouped to birdie the 15th and 17th, while Grace drove into water at the penultimate hole, and the popular American scrambled a par at the last to complete a three-over-par 74, which proved enough for a two-shot win and his fifth PGA Tour title.
Justin Thomas won the race for third as a birdie-birdie finish added up to a 72 and a final score of 14 under, while Matt Kuchar bogeyed two of the last three holes to leave him in a share of fourth with Bubba Watson and Chez Reavie.
“I hope I never have to go through that again,” Fowler said when it was over. “Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong, but I’m proud that I got the job done, especially in front of my dad.”