DUBLIN, Ohio – At the onset of his final-round pairing with Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler had the crowd firmly in his corner to pick up a second PGA Tour win.
By the end of the day, he was merely another witness to Woods' historic 73rd PGA Tour win.
Fowler shot 12-over 84 on Sunday at Muirfield Village GC to drop from solo third to start the day into a tie for 52nd place.
'I really didn't make that many bad swings,' Fowler said. 'I felt like I hit some pretty solid golf shots.'
Following an opening birdie, Fowler made just one more the rest of the way. He had eight bogeys and a pair of double bogeys, including one with Jack Nicklaus watching at the last hole.
Sunday marked Fowler's first PGA Tour round in the 80s and his worst ever round by five shots. Fowler has shot 79 twice in his Tour career, in the first round of the 2010 British Open and the final round of this year's Northern Trust Open.
Fowler had a front-row view to Woods' chip-in for birdie at 16 that, at the time, tied him for the lead with Rory Sabbatini. Getting inside of 10 feet would have been good, Fowler thought.
'He obviously loves being in the moment, and there's where he kind of gets down, focuses and hits those shots,' Fowler said. 'It was fun to see.'
Though Fowler certainly hopes to be Woods the next time he is in this situation, he knows another day like this will come in his career.
'I'm going to get a lot of Sundays from now on,' he said. 'Some good ones and some bad ones, and this is not going to be the last bad one.'