Fowler Shares Tiger’s Spotlight with a Sunday 61 and the Win at Hero
Bahamian sun, Tiger’s return and Rickie had us on 59 watch for the final day, what a tournament! The Hero World Challenge offered everything we needed as winter ramps up in (North) North America.
Tiger came out of the gate strong for the first two rounds and made a familiar appearance at the top of the leaderboard for a minute. With tough conditions and a shaky short game, his third round hurt him (not physically) but he was back on track Sunday with a closing round of 68 to tie for ninth.
Meanwhile, Charley Hoffman started Sunday’s round with five shots over the field and no fear of Tiger pulling off a Tiger-esque Sunday surge. Rickie Fowler, however, zeroed-in on the leader and birdied eight of the first nine holes and grabbed the solo lead. He continued to reach -11 by the 15th hole and pared-in for his record breaking 61 and a 4-shot win over Hoffman who was even par for the day.
“I knew when I got in there on 13 that was going to be a bonus, and I knew if I made that putt that 59 was a chance because 14 and 15 ahead are birdie holes,” said Fowler, who conceded he didn’t know where he stood in relation to the rest of the field as he made his way toward the finish. “I was definitely happy with the way I played the last six holes or so, not really knowing the situation. Obviously [I had] a little bit of that 59 thought in there but I wasn’t going to necessarily press for it.”