Rickie Fowler Wins Scottish Open With Birdie Barrage

Rickie Fowler won the Scottish Open Sunday for his second win of 2015. The victory moves Fowler to number five in the World Golf Rankings.


Remember when everyone said Rickie Fowler was overrated? Neither do we.

Two months after winning The Players Championship to end a three-year title drought, Fowler birdied three of the last four holes for a 2-under 68 in his final round to pass Matt Kuchar and win the Scottish Open by one shot.

Amazingly, Fowler didn’t take the outright lead until his final shot of the tournament, a tap-in putt from inside two feet after a stunning approach with a 57-degree wedge from 109 yards.

“I can definitely get used to having more of these,” Fowler said, looking at the gleaming trophy in front of him.

Fowler certainly is proving this year he can win the big one. He went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie on the last four holes at The Players to force a playoff in one of the greatest finish in the 34-year history of the TPC Sawgrass.

At the Scottish Open, he reacted to a bogey on No. 14 to go birdie-birdie-par-birdie.

“Very similar to down the stretch at The Players,” Fowler said. “Worked out just fine.”

It is the fourth title of Fowler’s professional career and the second outside the United States after the Korea Open in 2011. His second win of 2015 comes a year after Fowler finished in the top 5 in each of the year’s four majors. And his links game looks to be in good shape ahead of next week’s Open at St. Andrews.

“To win on a links golf course, my favorite style of golf, in Scotland and the week before The Open and going to St. Andrews, the home of golf, is great timing,” he said. “I like my chances.”

Winning Stats

Driving: 292 yards
FWs: 29 of 56
GIR: 47 of 72
Scrambling: 20 of 25
Putts: 26.8

Kuchar was on the practice range, preparing for a playoff after shooting a 68, when applause drifted across from the grandstands on No. 18. Fowler had just nailed his approach.

After knocking in what proved to be the winning putt, Fowler doffed his cap and acknowledged the crowd. But he had to wait for the final pairing of France’s Raphael Jacquelin and England’s Daniel Brooks to play No. 18 before really celebrating.

Fowler decided to alter his schedule and play the Scottish Open the week before The Open for the first time last year, after seeing Phil Mickelson win both events in 2013.

He is halfway toward emulating his compatriot two years later.

“I told him I would see if I could take care of the first leg of it,” Fowler said of his conversation with Mickelson on the morning of the final round. “Got that done. But there’s a lot of work to get done to get a win next week.”

“Phil has always been a role model to me and a huge help, and someone I love spending time with on and off the golf course. I have learned a lot from Phil as he is a great professional.”

Information from the Associated Press was used for this story.

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