Rickie Fowler birdied two of his final four holes and overcame a bizarre triple bogey on the 11th hole to win the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., by two shots on Sunday.
Leading by five, Fowler took a 7 on the par-4 11th after a chip shot skipped across the green and into the water. He dropped next to a bunker and, as he stood on the green surveying his next shot, his ball rolled into the water without being touched.
PGA Tour rules official Slugger White determined Fowler’s ball was in play after the drop, so he was assessed a one-shot penalty. Fowler got up-and-down from there, knocking in a 17-foot putt for triple-bogey 7 — his seventh double bogey or worse when playing with a 54-hole lead.
“That was a big kind of turnaround,” Fowler said. “At worst, I make bogey with a semi-decent chip and I’m still very much in control of the tournament. But with everything that happened there, that was a (four-) shot swing pretty quickly. It sucks, but it’s just kind of put that behind me.”
Fowler did so with two-putt birdies on Nos. 15 and 17, then got up-and-down on the 18th for par.
Fowler completed his round at 3-over-par 74, leaving him at 17-under 267 for his fifth PGA Tour victory and second in seven tries with a 54-hole lead.
Branden Grace closed with a 69 to finish second.
European Tour: In King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia, Dustin Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Li Haotong in the Saudi International
Johnson birdied the final two holes at Royal Greens to reach 19-under 261. Li, tied with Johnson after a third-round 62, finished with a 69.
“Anytime you can win a professional golf tournament, no matter where it is in the world, it’s a big win,” Johnson said.
Other tours: Mark Anderson won the rain-delayed Country Club de Bogota Championship for his second Web.com Tour title, playing 27 holes in 5-under to finish at 17-under 266 for a four-stroke victory over Drew Weaver. … In Johannesburg, Louis de Jager parred the first hole of a playoff with Trevor Fisher Jr. to win the Eye of Africa PGA Championship for his fifth Sunshine Tour title.
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