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Fowler wins Players in four-hole playoff

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Seventy-two holes were not enough to decide The Players Championship. Here’s how things ended up as Rickie Fowler notched the biggest win of his career in overtime:

Leaderboard: Rickie Fowler (-12, won on fourth extra hole), Kevin Kisner (-12), Sergio Garcia (-12), Ben Martin (-11), Bill Haas (-11)

What it means: Fowler was the first player in the clubhouse, but he was joined by Garcia and then Kisner to force the tournament’s first three-hole aggregate playoff.  Garcia was eliminated when he failed to birdie any of the first three playoff holes, then Fowler won it with his third birdie of the day on No. 17.

Round of the day: Fowler was 1 over on his round and five shots back through 12 holes, but from there put on a run for the ages. After birdies on Nos. 13 and 15, Fowler eagled No. 16 and birdied both No. 17 and 18, becoming the first player to play holes 15-18 in 11 shots in tournament history. He then birdied No. 17 again in the playoff – twice. The last one knocked out Kisner and ended the event.

Best of the rest: Kisner began the day one shot off the lead but rallied down the back nine, with birdies on three of his final seven holes to shoot a 69. His 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole for the win barely missed, but he played the first three playoff holes in 1 under before missing a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 17 in sudden death that would have sent things to a fifth extra hole.

Biggest disappointment: Chris Kirk began the day with a one-shot lead, but he failed to keep up during the final round. Kirk only made one birdie on the day, carding a 3-over 75 to finish in a tie for 13th, five shots out of the playoff.

Shot of the day: After Kisner stuck it close on the fourth extra hole, Fowler hit his shot within 5 feet to set up the title-clinching birdie.

Quote of the day: “I’d say this is a pretty big one.” – Fowler, who earlier this week was voted as the most overrated player in an anonymous player survey.