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Rickie Fowler’s time has come

By: John Galletley

Rickie Fowler was brilliant down the stretch at the PLAYERS Championship and earned just his second PGA Tour victory.

Rickie Fowler was brilliant down the stretch at the PLAYERS Championship and earned just his second PGA Tour victory.

It just might have been one of the greatest final rounds of golf ever, and Rickie Fowler stood victorious at the end to win just his second PGA Tour event. And after that, it looks like there should be plenty more wins to come.

Fowler’s performance was absolutely incredible. Going into the final round, he was three strokes behind the leader Chris Kirk. Things weren’t looking good as he seemed to be lost in the shuffle and down to six under par with just six holes to go. Then, he birdied the 13th hole and made par on the 14th to then set up for a stunning performance to finish it off.

In an incredible finish to his final round, Fowler needed only 11 strokes to complete the last four holes. He birdied the 15th, eagled the 16th, birdied on one of the more difficult holes in golf which is the island green of TPC Sawgrass at the 17th, and finished it off with another birdie on the 18th, giving him a two shot lead over the rest of the field.

But, with the field being insanely competitive and having 30 golfers within five strokes of the lead to start the day, it was only good enough for him to get into a 3-man playoff with Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.

The playoff came down to Fowler and Kisner with Garcia being eliminated after the first aggregate three-hole playoff. Every time Fowler needed a big shot, he not only matched Kisner, but topped him. He eventually won on a fourth playoff hole against Kisner making another birdie on the 17th hole. It’s hard enough to birdie the 17th hole, but Fowler did it five out of six times he played it in this tournament.

Fowler is not just a young golfer that happened to win a big tournament. He has been set up to become a big name in golf for years. He entered the PGA professionally in 2009 and won Rookie of the Year in 2010. In 2012, Fowler won the Wells Fargo Championship in a playoff against another great young golfer, Rory McIlroy.

Then in 2014, he really started to shine brightest in the biggest tournaments. Fowler finished in the top five in all four majors last year. Unfortunately, he came up short in every one of them. If he had a win in any one of the majors, he would’ve gotten a lot more recognition as a golfer by now.

While The PLAYERS may not be a major, it’s widely considered the biggest tournament in golf outside of the majors and is considered the unofficial fifth major. It certainly pays like a major with the largest purse in golf for one event at $10 million.

With a PLAYERS title under his belt, Fowler is definitely going to get more recognition in the golf world but everyone knows that you need to win a major to truly arrive. With Fowler’s history and abilities, expect him to win a major and perhaps several more in the near future.

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Want to talk sports? John Galletley is the man to go to. He has been following sports of all kinds since he was a child but had a first love for baseball being in a family of Yankees fans. He also loves to travel and has used sports in order to do this including taking several road trips to MLB stadiums and other sports venues. John has always dreamed of working in the sports world and wants to make his way there as a writer in order to follow the philosophy of never working a day in your life if you love what you do.

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