The story wrote itself on Sunday at The Players Championship – three days after an anonymous Sports Illustrated player survey called him one of the most overrated players on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler won the tournament most commonly known as “The Fifth Major”.
Fowler shot a remarkable 6-under over the final six holes to forge a three-hole playoff against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.
Garcia fell off in the first playoff hole, and Fowler’s birdie putt on the Island Green No. 17 was the clincher against Kisner.
On his final six holes of regulation, Fowler hit four birdies, one eagle and one par, the highlight being an eagle 3 on the par-5, No. 16.
Higher up in the leader board to start the day, Kisner and Garcia both had later tee times, and Kisner upstaged even Fowler in regulation, firing in a 43-foot putt on No. 18 to get into the playoff.
Chris Kirk, the Day 3 leader plummeted to finish tied for 13th with a final-round 75. Fowler jumped 10 spots from 11th to first on the final day.
Ben Martin and Bill Haas just missed the playoff, finishing at 11-under apiece.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy climbed nine spots from to finish tied for eighth. Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 to drop one spot to a tie for 69th.