Phoenix Open Recap: Fowler Wins Despite Late Struggles
Phoenix Open Recap: Fowler Wins Despite Late Struggles

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Three years ago, Rickie Fowler came to the Waste Management Phoenix Open with his career arrow pointing straight up. He exited in tears.

On Sunday, it almost happened again.

Fowler kicked away a five-stroke lead on the back nine but recovered for a whiplash-like two-shot win over Branden Grace at rainy TPC Scottsdale. He took a bizarre triple-bogey on No. 11, after a double-bogey earlier in the round, but somehow survived with a 3-over-74 round to finally close the deal at his personal house of horrors. Fowler became the first golfer to ever shoot a double and a triple in the final round of a PGA Tour event and still win.

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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