On Wednesday he was overrated. On Sunday, he’s underrated.
All Rickie Fowler did in response to a recent anonymous Golf.com poll that named him and Ian Poulter the most overrated golfers on Tour was win the 2015 Players Championship.
Fowler defeated Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a playoff, which ended as one of the most exciting Players in the event’s 41 year history.
“I laughed at the poll,” said Fowler. “But yeah, if there was any question, I think this right here answers anything you need to know.”
.@IanJamesPoulter too bad we had to tie at 24%…wish one of us could have gotten 1 more vote to claim the title…I'd vote for you
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) May 7, 2015
The win is the biggest career moment for the talented 26-year-old, who prior to his victory at TPC Sawgrass had just one win on Tour, the 2012 Memorial.
Facing a five-shot deficit with six holes to play, Fowler produced the greatest finish in the 34-year history of the TPC Sawgrass. He went 6-under his final 6 holes to get to 12-under. And even with the record-setting finish at the Stadium Course – birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie on the last four holes for a 5-under 67 – Fowler still had to face Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner, who produced big shots of their own.
For the first time, The Players went to a three-hole aggregate playoff starting on the par-5 16th.
Fowler: Par-Birdie-Par (-1)
Kisner: Par-Birdie-Par (-1)
Garcia: Par-Par-Par (E)
With Garcia out, it went to sudden death format between Fowler and Kisner. Hitting first, Kisner barely cleared the mound and the ball settled 12 feet away. Fowler answered by taking on the right side of the green and sticking it just inside 5 feet.
Kisner finally missed, and Fowler knocked in the birdie for the win.
“Golf is a hard and cruel game,” Kisner said. “But hats off. I mean, shoot, these guys are good, I’m telling you. Don’t give up on anybody.”
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this,” Fowler said. “Back in the winner’s circle.”
With 226 countries broadcasting THE PLAYERS around the world we hear the call in French, Swedish, Mandarin, Japanese and Spanish of Rickie Fowler’s 4th playoff hole birdie at the par-3 17th hole at THE PLAYERS 2015.
Afterwards, Fowler planted one on his girlfriend, Alexis Randock.
Rickie Fowler's congratulatory kiss was, uh, passionate https://t.co/pnblXsQxIc
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) May 10, 2015
— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) May 11, 2015
Wow. What an incredible finish! Clutch playing by all 3. @RickieFowlerPGA 8 under on the last 10 played!! Congrats buddy
— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) May 10, 2015
— Erik Compton (@ErikCompton3) May 11, 2015