Sunday, February 26, 2017

Rickie Fowler wins Honda Classic by four

By Ali Stafford
Rickie Fowler secured a first USA PGA Tour title in 18 months with a hard-fought four-shot victory at the Honda Classic.
The American took a four-shot lead in to Sunday and never lost top spot throughout his final round, carding a one-over 71 to finish four clear of Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland.
Fowler recovered from a slow start to pull clear of the chasing pack in breezy conditions at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens in sunny Florida with the world No 14 able to bogey his final two holes and still secure a convincing victory.
Tyrrell Hatton (L) was paired with Fowler for the final round
Tyrrell Hatton (L) was paired with Fowler for the final round

Fowler extended his overnight advantage to five strokes with a 10-foot birdie putt at the third, but bogeyed the next after his putt from off the green landed in a sprinkler head.
Woodland birdied two of his opening three holes to move in to the share of second place, as Fowler found water off the sixth tee on his way to a double-bogey.
Woodland posted a one-under 69 on Sunday
Woodland posted a one-under 69 on Sunday

With his lead down to two, Fowler hit out from the trees at the eighth and drained a 30-foot birdie but then missed a 10-footer to save par at the next.
As Woodland birdied the 11th and 13th to briefly move within one of the lead, Fowler holed a 35-footer at the 12th and sank another long-range putt at the next to restore a three-shot cushion.

Woodland saw his hopes ended with a three-putt bogey at the 17th, as Fowler birdied the 16th but bogeyed the next after sending his tee shot in to the hazard.
Fowler then missed out on equalling the 72-hole tournament record with another dropped shot at
the last, finishing a cautious two-putt bogey from 25 feet to complete a fourth career US PGA Tour victory.
Fowler's last PGA Tour win came in September 2015
Fowler's last PGA Tour win came in September 2015

Morgan Hoffman produced a bogey-free back nine to grab a share of second alongside Woodland, who sent his approach in to the hazard on his way to a final-hole blemish.
Tyrrell Hatton missed a five-footer at the 17th and left another birdie chance at the last just short, with a two-over 72 leaving the Englishman five off the champion.

Hatton bogeyed three of his opening seven holes
Hatton bogeyed three of his opening seven holes

American trio Billy Horschel, Chad Collins and Wesley Brian and Germany's Martin Kaymer joined Hatton in tied-fourth, with Canadian Graham DaLaet completing the top 10.
A hat-trick of bogeys after the turn saw Sergio Garcia end the week on four under, with Jimmy Walker a further shot back after carding a triple-bogey and double-bogey through the infamous Bear Trap.

par 280 (4x70) players from USA unless stated otherwise
268 Rickie Fowler 66 66 65 71.
272 Morgan Hoffman 68 67 69 68, Gary Woodland 71 66 66 69.
273 Jhonattan Vegas (South America) 67 73 69 64, Billy Horschel 70 68 67 68, Chad Collins 70 67 67 69, Wesley Bryan 64 67 72 70, Martin Kaymer (Germany) 65 70 68 70, Tyrrell Hatton (England) 68 67 66 72.

275 Paul Casey (England) 68 70 67 70 (T11).
276 Adam Scott (Australia) 68 69 71 68, Graeme McDowell (N Ireland) 72 67 68 69, Sergio Garcia (Spain) 68 71 66 71 (T14).
278 Luke Donald (England) 69 67 69 73 (T27).
280 Ian Poulter (England) 66 72 70 72 (T43).
289 Matthew Fitzpatrick (England) 72 68 76 73 (68th).





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