• Beats Henrik Stenson after the Swede finds water on the 16th
• Is now targeting a place among Spieth, McIlroy and Day
RICKIE FOWLER | DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
“Thanks for that poll,” declared Rickie Fowler after he continued to make a mockery of being branded ‘overrated’ by winning for the third time in four months at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The American, who along with Ian Poulter was given the tag after an anonymous poll among their fellow tour professionals back in May, responded with a win at the Players Championship just a week later before adding the Scottish Open in July.
“Being called overrated, I won three times, so thanks for the poll, I guess,” said Rickie Fowler, who has moved up to world No.5. “I've been playing very well the last couple of years and it was just a matter of time before I knocked on the door. It was maybe unfortunate that the poll came out at that time and it was just coincidence that I won at that time.
"We wanted to win, and win more than once. We've done that" - Rickie Fowler
“The three guys, Jason, Rory and Jordan, have clearly played the best out of anyone over the past few months to couple of years. So I'm trying to be a small fourth thrown in there.
“We came into the season obviously wanting to play well in the majors and to win a major, but we weren't able to do that. But we wanted to win, and win more than once. We've done that.”
The back nine was a shoot-out between Fowler and Henrik Stenson, who held a three-shot lead early on and a one-shot lead heading onto the 16th. But the Swede, who also finished runner-up at The Barclays last week, dunked his tee shot into the water and made double-bogey, with Fowler playing his last four holes in level par to seal the title.
“I’m a little disappointed, but it was still a good week and I played well,” said Stenson. “There were a couple of occasions I didn't really take my chances, and I had a couple of bad breaks. All in all a little disappointed, but not too much.
"You have to take the positives" - Henrik Stenson
“It's in the right direction and the main goal was to be in the top five heading into East Lake and we're thereabouts at the moment. It’s always disappointing when you can't finish the job when you're in good position, but you have to take the positives.”
Russell Knox started the final round just three shots off the lead and was within two after going two-under-par through the first six holes. But it all came apart at the start of the back nine with four dropped shots in three holes as he finished with a four-over-par 75 and back in a tie for 12th.
Rickie Fowler :: Challenge to the big three?
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