CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Earlier this week, Rickie Fowler loaned his back-up putter to Justin Thomas. He may want it back.
Cruising along at 6 under par, just a shot off the lead, Fowler hit his tee shot at the par-3 17th hole to 19 feet. Following four consecutive one-putts, it seemed like a good birdie opportunity until he walked off the green with a double-bogey 5 following a four-putt.
“I was trying to make the first putt. It ran out a little bit more than I thought it would and didn't expect to have that much coming back,” said Fowler, who finished with a 3-under 68 for a share of 12th place. “A little mental mistake there. That's golf. I mean, unfortunate.”
For his bogey attempt, Fowler explained he normally marks any putt he deems out of “tap in” range, but admitted to being “frustrated” and not marking the 1 ½-footer.
Fowler said his putting miscue could have been worse, say if it came on the 71st hole instead of the 53rd, and that it’s not the first time he’s four-putted during a PGA Tour round.
It happened just five weeks ago, in fact, during the third round of the Houston Open on the 13th hole.
“It was a different situation,” Fowler said. “The greens were getting quick, crusty, and I was in a really flat area and just kind of played hockey for a little bit.”
Rickie Fowler had three-straight birdies heading into No. 17.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 5, 2018
He walked off with a double. Golf. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/wxB1IoFivg