Rickie Fowler, a Murrieta native and one of the PGA’s top golfers, made two huge putts to pull away from Gary Woodland and win the Honda Classic this past weekend.
Woodland had second place all to him
self until a 3-putt on the 17th hole got the best of him. He then tried to lay up on the par-5 18th hole, but fell in the water. He wound up having to share second place with Morgan Hoffmann, who missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
The water was a hug issue for many of the golfers including PGA champion Jimmy Walker hit it in the drink on the 15th and 17th holes, which cost him five shots. Fowler even jumped in to cool off when he hit his tee shot into the water on the 17th hole and made bogey, then hit a wedge into the bunker on the 18th and closed with another bogey to finish at 12-under 268. The win was Fowler’s first PGA Tour victory since the Deutsche Bank Championship in September 2015, giving him the fourth of his PGA Tour career.
Fowler won internationally last year in Abu Dhabi and in 2011 when he won the Korea Open, but it was the first time in his last five tries that the young golfer from the area turned a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour into a trophy.