American Rickie Fowler beats Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia in a dramatic final day play-off at the Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida
The three players finished equality on 12-under but Rickie Fowler Won against Kevin Kisner at the first sudden death hole after Garcia was earlier eliminated.
“I felt really good all week, this is special,” said the 26-year-old.It was Fowlers second PGA Tour win after winning in the Wells Fargo Championship in August 2012.
In the first ever three-hole aggregate play-off in tournament history, Garcia could only play the 16th hole, 17th hole and 18th hole at a par score as Fowler and Kisner played them in one under thanks to birdies on the 17th hole.
Fowler then repeated the birdie on the first hole of sudden death to give him a prize of $1.8m (£1.16m) in the tournament often said to be golf’s richest event.
The victory came in the week Fowler and England’s Ian Poulter were voted the most overrated players by their peers in an anonymous survey conducted by Sports Illustrated but Fowler believes the win answers his critics.
“I laughed at the poll, but I was always looked at as only having one win on tour, and I always felt that I needed to put myself in position to win more often,” he added.
“I look at this event as basically like a major. It has the major feel, obviously one of the best fields we play all year a tough golf course.”
“This will definitely give me momentum going into the US Open (18-21 June)”
Fowler, who started his round three shots behind the leader Chris Kirk, was one-over after 10 holes and seemingly out of contention to win the champtionship, but he shot four birdies and an eagle in his final six holes and looked on course for victory, but then Garcia and Kisner both birdied the 16th hole and 17th hole to force a play-off.
World number one Rory McIlroy shot a final-round 69 to finish on eight under par, alongside Wales’ Jamie Donaldson.