Rickie Fowler still not quite comfortable closing out leads

Rickie Fowler (Getty Photographs)

Rickie Fowler is likely one of the most profitable, properly-favored gamers on the PGA Tour, however he might have an issue on his arms.

Fowler began the ultimate spherical of final week’s Waste Administration Phoenix Open with a one-shot lead, however finally did not even crack the highest 10 as his type escaped him Sunday.

Had that been an remoted incident, nobody would actually care. However Fowler has developed the popularity as a 3-spherical participant, one who cannot all the time get it finished on Sundays, when tournaments are on the road.

Fowler bogeyed holes 15-17 Sunday at TPC Scottsdale to finish any probability of hoisting the trophy. He hit his tee shot within the water on the par-5 fifteenth when he wanted a birdie or eagle to use strain.

“I used to be in an honest place with a number of to play and simply had a pair — actually did not make dangerous swings — the drive on 15 I caught a bit of excessive on the face and it simply sort of stayed straight to the left and sometimes I play a reduce there on that gap,” Fowler stated. “Aside from that, simply could not purchase a putt. That is the most effective golf equipment in my bag. I felt like I hit a variety of good putts, so it was just a little disappointing to not see actually something go in on the again 9.

“I feel that was sort of the most important letdown. That is sometimes a membership I can lean on. I do know I am a very good putter, I putted nicely all week. And, yeah, we simply — stored hitting good putts and both they have been misreads or they have been doing one thing funky, however perhaps the opening was shifting, they only did not need to go in.”

Whereas a putt right here and a putt there might have been the distinction, Fowler has now gained a event when holding the fifty four-gap lead solely as soon as in six tries.

Regarded by many as the most effective golfers with no main, Fowler has had quite a lot of shut calls however simply hasn’t been capable of seal the deal. Final yr’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills provided considered one of his greatest possibilities, however a remaining-spherical seventy two pushed again right into a tie for fifth whereas Brooks Koepka shot a sixty seven to win.

Fowler, 29, has loads of time to rack up main championship wins, however he must first determine out his Sunday blues to get the job executed.