Barely a month after announcing our partnership with Rickie, he roared to a win at THE PLAYERS Championship in one of the best finishes in tournament history.
His incredible performance began on Thursday, where he was near the top of the leaderboard from the start and remained within striking distance. Heading into the final round on Sunday, Rickie was right in the mix, but he needed to make a serious comeback. Saving his best golf for when it mattered most, he put on a performance for the ages, scoring birdies on 13, 15, 17 and 18, as well as an eagle on the 16th hole. For those of you who aren’t familiar with golf, that’s really, really good.
However, two other golfers, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner, played just as well, forcing a three-hole playoff to determine THE PLAYERS Champion. The trio would play the 16th, 17th and 18th holes to determine the winner. Rickie didn’t waver. He breezed by the famous 17th hole (which is surrounded almost entirely by water) in two shots. He then hit another clutch shot on 18 to force a second sudden-death playoff between himself and Kisner. Garcia was eliminated after recording a score of 1-over-par on the three-hole playoff. Rickie once again shined.
Returning to the 17th hole, Fowler stuck his approach shot within 5 feet and followed up with a smooth putt to seal the victory, while Kisner failed to convert his 13-foot birdie putt. That’s right, under incredible pressure at one of the most famous holes in golf, Rickie Fowler brought his best game. The roar of the crowd was like something we’re used to hearing at our NASCAR races, not PGA TOUR events. It was a truly special Sunday night, and one of the most exciting finishes in tournament history.
Rickie wasn’t without a little help. During the final round, a squirrel apparently tried to get a better view of the action, and decided to scale Rickie’s bag, pausing right next to our logo. We truly can’t blame this furry friend, and we welcome him to future events. Thank you, golf bag squirrel, for everything you did.
It’s been a great start as part of #TeamRickie, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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