Rickie Fowler Wins in Abu Dhabi HSBC
Abu Dhabi – Rickie Fowler came into the HSBC Championship as an obvious player to watch, perhaps even a contender, but he left the Middle East much more than that. With all of the talk in the golf world centered around the new “Big Three” of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, it’s seems obvious that Fowler plays his best when he’s overlooked. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlrory were the headliners for sure, but it was the guy wearing the high-top Puma shoes that stole the spotlight.
Fowler’s final round 69 included a chip in eagle at the eighth and another for birdie at the seventeenth to reach -16. A tap in for par at the last was enough to hold off a hard charging Thomas Pieters (-15) who barely missed his eagle putt on the 72nd hole. McIlroy made a charge of his own at the last, pouring in a 30 footer at the last for eagle to reach 14 under par and a tie for third with Henrik Stenson.
Rickie Fowler is eager to turn the “Big Three” into the “Big Four”, “I’d like to jump in and be part of that crew and see if we can continue to win some majors if I can jump in there, he said. “The goal right now with where my game’s at , the best it’s been this early in the season in my career. I’m working on getting ready for Augusta, and I’d like to have my shot at getting the Green Jacket there. The ultimate goal this year this year is to go win a major and this is a step in the right direction for sure.” “It’s nice to come out on top this week.”
The win was Rickie Fowler’s second European Tour victory (2015 Scottish Open) and moves him to No.4 in Official World Golf Rankings. With his fourth worldwide win in the past 10 months it seems like a “Big Four” to me.