Rickie Fowler won the biggest tournament of his career—the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass—on the strength of a superb ball striking performance. Fowler and Kevin Kisner outlasted Sergio Garcia in a three-hole aggregate playoff, before Fowler defeated Kisner on the 17th hole with a birdie putt of less than five feet.
Fowler played his final 10 holes in eight-under par, including the three-hole aggregate playoff and the final playoff hole against Kisner. Over his last six holes in regulation, Fowler went flagstick hunting and made four birdies and an eagle. The longest putt he made during that stretch was only 16 feet, 11 inches, and his eagle on the par-5 16th hole came from a mere two feet, five inches.
While his iron game wasn’t spot on all week—Fowler finished T51 in GIR percentage at 62.5%—he managed to hit the last seven greens in regulation before the playoff. However, the 26-year-old finished fifth in strokes gained/tee-to-green and T3 in approach shot distance to pin. When he hit the green, Fowler was rarely outside of makable birdie range.
Fowler won using Cobra’s Fly-Z Pro irons in the 4 through 9-iron. His set has KBS C-Taper shafts at 125 grams a piece with an S+ flex, which he switched to at the beginning of this year.