Standing on the tee of the driveable par-4 17th at TPC Scottsdale, Rickie Fowler had a two-shot lead with two holes to play.
Rather than lay up and play for a pair of closing pars that may be good enough to win, Fowler chose to drive the green. He didn't feel he could carry a critical fairway bunker with his 3-wood, so he took out his driver. He smoked it. It landed on a downslope some 30 yards in front of the green and took off like a rocket, through the green and into the water hazard in back of the hole.
All of a sudden, Fowler's aggressive play didn't seem like the right one. He made bogey and fell into a tie with Hideki Matsuyama, one of his Sunday playing partners, who made 3 on No. 17.
Both players made dramatic birdies on the 18th hole and went to sudden death at 14-under 270.
After three extra holes couldn't settle the matter, the pair returned to the 17th. For Fowler, it was deja vu all over again. He tugged his drive left and found the water hazard. After flexing someRead More »from 17th sinks Fowler twice as Matsuyama wins Phoenix Open