Ricky Fowler wins maiden PGA Tour event
Ricky Fowler is finally a winner of the PGA Tour, holding off Rory McIlroy and D.A Points with a birdie on the first playoff hole at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina.
Webb Simpson led into the final day but failed to lift, carding a one over par (73) to finish in fourth place, just one shot outside of the playoff.
After Points bogeyed the Par 4 18th to drop back to 14 under for the tournament, McIlroy, Fowler and Points headed back up the 18th for the playoff.
All three hit the fairway with Points shooting his approach shot long which held onto the back of the green.
Fowler went next and hit the shot of his career to four-feet below the hole to setup victory, while McIlroy could only manage to hit his wedge to the centre of the green.
After Points and McIlroy only managed to make par, Fowler tapped his putt in to claim only his second career win, with his first coming at the 2011 Korean Open with McIlroy again the runner-up there.
“It’s awesome, to have my girlfriend and mum here,” said Fowler. “It’s been a long time, but it’s worth it.
“Obviously a lot of people have doubted me. It’s nice to shut them up for a little bit.”
Although McIlroy couldn’t get the win, he will take great pride in reclaiming the world number one ranking from Luke Donald, which he will take into next week’s Player’s Championship, which is regarded as the unofficial fifth major.
Lee Westwood recorded the round of the day with a six under (66), which included five birdies and an eagle on the Par 5 seventh hole.
Jason Day was the best of the Aussie’s carding a two under final round to finish in a tie for ninth after returning from an ankle injury, which forced him to pull out of the Masters midway through his second round.