Fowler's Abu Dhabi win furthers 'Big 4' narrative

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Against a field that included world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and No. 3 Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler took his game on the road to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and did what - until just last year - seemed exceedingly difficult for the PGA Tour’s millennial poster child.

With arguably the year’s deepest field assembled - apologies to the members-only gathering earlier this month in Kapalua - Fowler forced his way up the leaderboard with a third-round 65 and refused to yield on a marathon Sunday thanks to a combination of pinpoint drives, clutch putts and timely short-game dramatics.

It was, to put the performance in context, very much Spieth-like. Or maybe it was more of a McIlroy-esque effort. Either way, consider Fowler’s one-stroke victory, his fourth worldwide triumph since last year’s Players Championship, a conversation starter.

“From The Players on, just being in the situation, contention, Sunday, final round, against the best players in the world and just really believing and having the confidence that, hey, if I go hit the shots, I'm winning, no question,” said Fowler, who played his final two rounds (65-69) in 10 under par.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 25 Jan 2016 22:12:56

 



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