In a final-round, two-man duel that produced some of the most exciting moments of the FedEx Cup playoffs, Rickie Fowler made putts of 34, 13 and 38 feet on the way to a final-round 68, good enough to reach 15-under 269 and win the Deutsche Bank Championship, beating third-round leader Henrik Stenson by a shot at TPC Boston.
Who didn’t win
The ever-steady Stenson seemed to have things in hand when he hit a wedge shot from a sand-filled divot in the middle of the 10th fairway to 14 feet and made the putt for his fourth birdie of the day. That got him to 16-under par and three clear of Fowler, the only player making a run. But a pushed iron from Stenson at 11 resulted in a bogey at the exact moment Fowler ripped a 5-wood from 240 yards (into the wind) to 12 feet. Fowler made birdie and the lead was back to one. Then, on the second par-3 on the back nine, Stenson hit a 7-iron into a headwind that failed to clear the hazard, a catastrophic mistake that surprised even Fowler.
How it happened
Fowler looked brilliant one minute and cursed the next. He began the final round with an ugly pull-hook off the first tee, a shot he said, “felt good, in the middle of the face, but it just went the wrong direction.” He pitched out and made a great par, but Stenson threw a wedge to 6 feet and made birdie. Fowler then eagled the second and followed it up with sloppy bogeys at Nos. 3 and 4, the latter when he took four shots to get down from 70 feet after hitting his drive pin-high left on the drivable par-4. Then he birdied Nos. 7 and 11, and holed a 38-footer for birdie at 13 to pull to within a shot before the critical two-shot swing at 16.