Fowler banishes demons to capture first Phoenix Open

Bizarre penalty Two balls in the water on 11 and Rickie Fowler's lead vanishes			Michael Chow  USA TODAY Network

A freaky, water-filled sequence saw Fowler's lead become just one shot at the time and made the final few holes a lot more nerve wracking than they should have been.

Fowler had already seen his share of bad luck at the Phoenix Open. As the ball released, it ran through the green and down a bank into a hazard beyond the green.

Unable to catch a break, Fowler took it upon himself to create his own.

There was a two-shot swing in Fowler's favour when Grace hit his drive into the water on 17, which led to a bogey five, while the American birdied the same hole, before a par on the 18th gave him victory.

"It was a bit of a rollercoaster", said Fowler. "It was kind of grind it out".

American golfer Rickie Fowler was on the receiving end of a "colossally bad break" during the final round of the Phoenix Open, copping a freaky penalty that cost him the lead of the $9.8m tournament.

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However, Johnson made birdies on back-to-back holes immediately after to beat Li by two shots and claim his first European Tour win outside majors and World Golf Championships events.

Rickie Fowler looked well on his way to winning the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. After finally pitching back onto the green and making a putt, Fowler had to card a seven on the par-4 hole.

Grace came within a whisker of holing a chip for birdie and settled for a tap-in for par and a round of 69, but Fowler still managed to make his task hard when a pulled drive ended up in the thick rough that separated the bunkers down the left. Wanting to spend more time with his family, the 71-year-old Miller made a decision to call it quits after the Phoenix Open, where he won twice to help earn the nickname "Desert Fox".

He held the 54-hole lead here twice before, including previous year when he finished in a tie for 11th. Meanwhile, Grace made a second birdie in a row on the par-five 13th to take the lead from Rickie with just a handful of holes to go. Right after the round, Fowler was wiped out after the emotional roller coaster. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I thought it was going to be a lot easier than that out there today". "That was not fun".

Fowler drove the green on the 336-yard 17th and two-putted for birdie to stretch his lead to two shots.

The Chinese golfer shot a 1-under 69 Sunday, finishing a shot ahead of England's Tom Lewis, whose spirited last-round challenge was good enough to secure third another stroke back after a 5-under 65. But I learned a lot and especially that last few holes was good for me. "I would say between here and there, those would be the two highest on the list other than a major".

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