Fowler edges Stenson to win Deutsche Bank


Rickie Fowler charged from three shots down on the back nine to surpass Henrik Stenson and win the Deutsche Bank Championship by one. Here's how things played out at TPC Boston on Labor Day:

Leaderboard: Fowler (-15), Stenson (-14), Charley Hoffman (-11)

What it means: This is Fowler’s third PGA Tour win and third worldwide this season. After starting the day one back, Fowler found himself trailing by three shots with eight holes to play. He cut his deficit to one on the 14th with a 38-foot putt for birdie and took the lead with a par on the par-3 16th after Stenson found the water and made double bogey. Following Stenson's birdie miss on the 72nd hole, Fowler was able to two-putt for a par, a 3-under 68 and a one-shot victory. The win moves Fowler to third in the FedEx Cup standings and fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking, which ties his highest ranking to date. Fowler joins Phil Mickelson as the only two players to win The Players and a playoff event in the same year.

Biggest disappointment: Stenson’s tee shot on the 16th originally cleared the water before hopping backwards into the hazard.  Stenson had the opportunity to tie Fowler with birdie putts on 17 and 18 but couldn't get either to fall. This is the second time this season Stenson has entered the final round with a lead and finished runner-up, after losing out to Matt Every at Bay Hill in March. No player has converted a one-shot 54-hole lead this season in nine attempts. The second-place finish moves Stenson to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings.

Round of the day: Fabian Gomez, a winner earlier this year at the FedEx St. Jude, tied for the round of the tournament with a 7-under 64. Gomez didn’t drop a shot in the final round and birdied three of his last four holes. Gomez played his first three rounds a combined 5 over.

Best of the rest: After three straight days in the 70s, Rory McIlroy turned in a 5-under 66 to finish T-25. McIlroy needed a top-10 result to stay No. 1 in the world. Because of how the world ranking is calculated, Jordan Spieth, who has missed back-to-back cuts, will ascend to No. 1 this week and then give the top spot right back to McIlroy next week.

Shot of the day: William McGirt started the week 88th on the points list and was on the wrong side of the bubble with two holes to play Monday. He cracked the top 70 and qualified for the BMW Championship thanks to this eagle at the par-4 17th.

Quote of the day: "Henrik made a couple of mistakes, but yeah, no, it's pretty special to fight it out the way I did." - Fowler