Rickie Fowler Earns Fourth Career Victory at Honda Classic

It wasn’t the prettiest final round, but Rickie Fowler made enough timely putts on the back nine to hold of Gary Woodland and a series of other challengers to record his fourth career victory.

Fowler won the tournament with a third round 65 to give himself a four-shot lead entering Sunday.

Fowler was not as sharp on the final day as he sprayed his tee shots throughout the front nine. However, he was able to scramble to salvage critical pars.

Although Woodland closed the margin to one after a birdie on the 13th hole, Fowler was able to answer every challenge while his pursuers were unable to survive The Bear Trap.

Thoughts:

– Fowler’s popularity may not be proportional to his on-course success, all four of Fowler’s victories have come at premiere events (Honda, The Players, Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank Championship)

– This is the third straight tournament where the winner ran away with the title. While Fowler was not as impressive as Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson in the two preceding weeks (especially on Sunday), the outcome was rarely in doubt throughout the final round.

– This was the first time Fowler was able to convert a 54-hole lead into a victory.

– The Bear Trap got its fair share of victims, but its amazing what pressure plus wind can do to the best players in the world. The uncertainty of the conditions and where the holes are placed on the course contribute to its lure.

– After 10 year without an ace, the par-3 15th hole gave up two this week. Scott Stallings was the first and Johnny Vegas jarred it on his way to a final round 64.

– Because Jack Nicklaus has a hand in designing the course and lives in the area, NBC always has him come to the booth for about an hour. Nicklaus actually did golf commentary at the end of his career in the mid-90s, but he offers little substance to the telecast. Hicks and Miller talked more about Nicklaus’ ice cream company than the golf and before Fowler’s 30-foot putt on 11, Nicklaus was commenting at how ineffective the big yardage maps of greens are and then Fowler proceeds to drain the putt after studying his chart.

Shot of the Week:

Fowler hit clutch long putts on 8, 12, and 13, but the shot that sealed the tournament for him was his approach into 16.



Unintentional Sexual Innuendo of the Week:

….whatever you say Johnny

Bonus: A special #hottake of the week from Jonny Miller

….can put a price tag on that analysis

Drunk Fan of the Week:

Drunk mind, sober heart…no excuse to be a professional golfer and wear Skechers and good on that guy for trying to right an egregious wrong.

Otter Room Picks:

Sergio was on the verge of contention all week, but never really made any noise and finished T-14. My dark horse Charles Howell III blew up with a 74 on Sunday and finished T-52.

Stay tuned to The Otter Room this week for a complete preview of the WGC-Mexico Championship. Until then, bro hugs all around!

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