Winning isn’t easy, just ask.
The 30-year-old battled rain, bad luck, and a rare ruling during Sunday’s final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to hang on for a two-shot victory at TPC Scottsdale.
Fowler entered the day with a four-shot edge and faltered slightly with a double-bogey on No. 6. However, it wasn’t until the par-4 11th when things really began to unravel.
Standing in the fairway with a five-shot advantage, Fowler pitched his ball over the green and into the water. Then in aof events, his dropped ball rolled into the water again after being declared in play, forcing another one-shot penalty. In the end, Fowler carded a triple-bogey to see his commanding lead vanish.
While Fowler struggled on No. 11,made a birdie to close the gap to one stroke.
After another Fowler bogey and a second Grace birdie, the two-time Phoenix Open runner-up was no longer in the lead.
But Fowler would eventually steady the ship, pulling off a gutsy shot on the par-5 15th by going for the green in two from 252 yards to set up a birdie. Another birdie on No. 17 pulled Fowler out of the hole he put himself in earlier in the round.
He ended up shooting a 3-over 74 and finished the event at 17-under to seal his fifth career PGA Tour victory and first since the 2017 Honda Classic.
Grace – who nearly overcame a seven-shot deficit – finished alone in second.
(14-under), (12-under), (12-under), and (12-under) rounded out the tournament’s top six.
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