Fowler finished on 12-under-par after struggling to a one-over-par 71 on the final day at PGA National and, in a round that contained four bogeys and a double-bogey, it left Miller pretty unimpressed – even though the margin of victory remained the same as it was after 54 holes.
“Obviously a win is a win, but you’ve got to learn to finish out Sundays like a true champion,” Miller (below) quipped during the TV broadcast. “He hasn’t learned how to do that yet.”
When asked about Miller’s comments in his post-round press conference, Fowler wasn’t fazed in the slightest.
“Well, I started with a four-shot lead and I still won by four, so I didn’t play great. It wasn’t a pretty round. But we got the job done. A win’s a win.”
Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald were among players who took to social media to congratulate Fowler and also share their dismay at Miller’s criticism.
Johnny still not impressed 😳 https://t.co/t6yMltdgqs— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 26, 2017
Rickie playing the last with a 5 shot lead and Johnnie Miller saying he's not sure what this will do for him as he didn't play that great 😂— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) February 26, 2017
The art of a great player is getting it done despite not having your best. Great patience, resilience and putting by Rickie today— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) February 26, 2017
Rickie Fowler also revealed that he had a huge amount of support from his peers, including Tiger Woods, who all got in touch with him ahead of his final round.
“He [Woods] texted me last night, as well, and told me to go get it done,” added Fowler, who is up to world No.9. “Rory did text me, Jordan [Spieth] obviously, Justin [Thomas] who was out on 18 green.
“It’s great to have the support of guys that I have either looked up to, enjoy watching, love seeing them play well, and I want to see those guys play well. And we all want to beat each other when everyone is at their best.