Rickie Fowler seals his first PGA Tour victory in FOUR YEARS at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, beating Adam Hadwin and Collin Morikawa in a tiebreaker to seal a $1.6 million prize
- Rickie Fowler last won a tournament on Super Bowl Sunday in 2019
- She has since had a baby and married, but won on Sunday and walked away with $1.6 million.
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Rickie Fowler is a winner on the PGA Tour once again, beating Collin Morikawa and Adam Hadwin in a tiebreaker to seal victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Fowler hadn’t won in four years, since Super Bowl Sunday in 2019, but he was back in the winner’s box in Detroit, also winning $1.6 million in prize money.
The American came into Sunday at the top of the standings, having birdied six of his last eight holes in the third round on Saturday, and he had great support among the fans who turned out on the course.
However, it was far from easy at a rain-stricken Detroit golf club on Sunday, with early tee times to avoid oncoming storms.
And in the qualifier was Fowler’s American rival Morikawa, who posted a final-round 8-under par to sneak into the tiebreaker at 24-under.
Rickie Fowler celebrates with the trophy after sealing a $1.6 million Rocket Mortgage Classic victory
It was Fowler’s first PGA Tour victory since he had daughter Maya with wife Allison Stokke.
Fowler FaceTimes his family with his wife in the clubhouse after recording his big win
Fowler plays a shot during the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Michigan
Hadwin, who just three weeks ago was tackled to the ground by security who didn’t recognize him at the Canadian Open, made sure people were saying his name by turning it into a three-for-top tie after 72 holes.
On the first playoff hole, it looked as though Fowler had been put out of contention when he found the rough to the right of the fairway with his tee shot, but a precise approach gave him a brilliant birdie opportunity.
While Hadwin and Morikawa missed, Fowler holed out for a three, sending his caddy wildly onto the green as the pair won for the first time in four years.
Since he last posed with a trophy, the 34-year-old has married wife Allison Stokke and the couple now have a daughter.
While his form has been brilliant all season, Fowler finally securing the long-awaited win is sure to make his July 4th weekend feel great.
It is the sixth PGA Tour title for Fowler.
Adam Hadwin forced his way through in a three-way playoff, but fell short of the jackpot
Collin Morikawa had a brilliant last day in Detroit, shooting eight under, but lost in the playoffs.
For Morikawa, this is his seventh second-place finish in 94 starts on the PGA Tour. Hadwin is runner-up for the fifth time in 239 starts.
Entering the tournament, Fowler had seven top-10 finishes on the season, including a tie for fifth at the US Open.
Monday qualifier Peter Kuest (65), Lucas Glover (65) and Taylor Moore (67) were tied for fourth at 21-under. Kuest, who started the week ranked 789th in the world, did well enough to earn a spot in this week’s John Deere Classic in Illinois.
Play was suspended on Saturday for 1 hour 42 minutes due to lightning and the final round schedule was adjusted due to forecast inclement weather.