Rickie Fowler holds his trophy after winning his fourth career PGA Tour event at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Photo Credit: Jason Getz, USA TODAY Sports
Golf is certainly never the most entertaining sport to watch. On a good day, a round of golf last four-and-a-half hours while only hitting the ball about seventy times. However, on some occasions, a great shot can result in a roaring crowd, and oftentimes, the final round of a PGA Tour event is loaded with five or more golfers in contention, allowing for exciting drama and suspense. The Honda Classic, unfortunately, lacked much of that suspense and vivacity that makes watching golf, at the least, bearable.
Fowler entered the final round of this weekend’s event with a four-shot lead, and it appeared that he would easily coast to another victory, so long as he kept his composure. But he’s relatively young, doesn’t have many wins under his belt, and is known for finishing in the top-10, but not clinching wins. So even though he had a sizable lead, there was still grounds for hesitation.
Fowler shows off his nonchalance and proclivity for goofing off on the golf course during his spring break of 2016. Photo Credit: Fowler’s SnapChat
Fowler’s final round was shaky, to say the least. He carded a 2-over par front nine, and by the twelfth hole, his lead was reduced to only one stroke. But Fowler isn’t one of the current PGA stars for nothing; he managed to birdie holes 12, 13, and 16 to seal the deal. His clutch putting helped him on 12 and 13, while he hit a stellar shot on 16 to three feet and put him up by a considerable six strokes with two holes to play.
Sadly, the end wasn’t worth watching whatsoever. Fowler bogeyed the last two holes by hitting multiple shots in the water, tainting his round and causing an anticlimactic finish. Still, a four-stroke victory is not something that comes easily in a tour as competitive and talented as the PGA.
Fowler gestures to thank the crowd after sinking a 25-foot putt on the 12th hole. This was the start of his final push that secured his victory. Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
This win for Fowler is tremendous for him and for his career. Even in my eyes, he’s been notorious for being that consistent golfer who just can’t get the job done. His reputation was almost solidified when he began to let his lead slip away. But the young golfer will certainly cherish the outcome last weekend, albeit not his best performance. A victory this early in the PGA season is very promising for anyone, especially Fowler, who is looking to put himself top-5 in the world (currently #9). With The Masters tournament approaching in a little over a month, he will look to use this win, and possibly more to come, to capture his first major tournament title.