CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two days after Rickie Fowler roared from behind to win The Players, his colleagues on the PGA Tour were still marveling at his performance at TPC Sawgrass, where he played his last six holes on Sunday in 6 under to force a playoff that he won on the fourth hole.
Particularly impressive was Fowler’s play at the par-3 17th hole, which the eventual champion played three times on Sunday and birdied all three times.
“I hit a really good 51-degree [wedge] on that hole during regulation and it landed in the middle of the side slope just left of the flag and it got held up top,” Patrick Reed said on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Championship. “For him to hit it inside 7 feet, it means he was really aggressive. For him to do that and attack the flag like that obviously meant he felt really confident.”
Despite a player poll recently published on Golf.com that listed Fowler, along with Ian Poulter, as the game’s most overrated player, those who have watched him compete the last few years knew what he was capable of doing.
“He’s been there a lot. He’s a really, really good player and obviously proved he’s one of the best,” said Justin Thomas, who tied for 24th at The Players. “Playing the last six in 6 under is unbelievable, but you give a really good player a wedge and they are confident, when he stepped on those tees he was expecting it.”