Rickie Fowler picked up The Players trophy, winning a three hole aggregate score play-off, after a fabulous -6 under par for his last six holes in regulation, and going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie over the last four holes.
A real put down to the people who earlier in the week voted him to be the worst under achiever in golf. Go Rickie.
Rickie beat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in the play-off after they had all finished The Players tournament at -12 under par.
A final round -5 under par 67, which equaled the low round of the day saw Rickie surge to the top of the leaderboard. The guys following knew what score had been posted in the clubhouse, and responded well, at one time towards the end there were five players tied at -11 under par.
Rickie was delighted with his very popular win;
“It’s amazing, we obviously look at this tournament as one of the biggest that we play up against the Majors.”
“I was out of the tournament after 12 holes. The last four holes, I said, ‘Let’s try and birdie the last four,’ so I one-upped myself.”
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
“This is a special week, everyone looks forward to it and I was just happy that I had a chance after my finish this afternoon to get into the play-off and to be here on 17 and get it done.”
“I played well last week (in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play) and ended up losing on Saturday in the last 16. I felt like my game was where I wanted it.”
“Unfortunately I did not play as well as I wanted to on Saturday here but we finished it off strong and proved to myself we’re back where I should be.”
Sergio commented on the loud heckling he came in for during the day, some of it obnoxious;
“It was great for the most part, obviously, some guys there that don’t deserve to be here watching golf, but that’s what it is.”
“It was probably about three or four times on every hole since the 10th hole, they shouted at the wrong time on top of the ball, so I was able to back away.”
“I putted quite good, but for the rest of the week, I gave away a lot of shots and still almost won this tournament.”
“Overall, it was another good week here at The Players so I can’t be disappointed.”
Kevin had a chance to win the tournament in regular play, but missed a ten foot birdie putt at the 18th. Ben Martin and Bill Haas were the two players who had a chance to make the play-off, they finished T4 at -11 under par.
Rory McIlroy finished T8, at -8 under par, and said he simply could not putt;
“I was obviously looking to go out there today and shoot something in the mid-60s, and that would have given me a chance.”
“I feel like I again gave myself enough opportunities out there to make some putts, and I just couldn’t.”
“The putter really let me down this week. Right from the first day I couldn’t come to terms with the greens and that was the story of the week.”