Rickie Fowler overcomes freakish bad luck to win Phoenix Open

Bizarre penalty Two balls in the water on 11 and Rickie Fowler's lead vanishes			Michael Chow  USA TODAY Network

Rickie Fowler took home first place at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday, but Fowler isn't only dominating on the golf course.

Rickie Fowler had to endure a odd and frustrating day in Scottsdale on Sunday, but in the end, he still managed to walk away as the victor of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Fowler had gone into the dramatic 11th at a rainy Scottsdale with his four-shot overnight lead intact. He dropped next to a bunker and, as he stood on the green surveying his next shot, his ball rolled back into the water without being touched.

It slid back down into the water when he was surveying the green, a mistake a PGA rules official said would cost him another stroke.

There's no question that what will most be remembered from his final round is the stressful, unlucky rules snafu that plagued Fowler on the 11th hole and saw him card a triple bogey.

His 17-under 267 total was good enough to win by two strokes over South Africa's Grace, who briefly held the lead on Sunday but made a bogey on 17.

Grace came within a whisker of holing a chip for birdie and settled for a tap-in for par and a round of 69, but Fowler still managed to make his task hard when a pulled drive ended up in the thick rough that separated the bunkers down the left.

"It wasn't easy out there today".

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"It was a bit of a rollercoaster but other than two holes I felt like it was a decent round of golf considering the conditions", Fowler told Sky Sports.

This is Fowler's fifth win on the PGA TOUR and his first since the 2017 Honda Classic.

"My dad's always been here, my grandparents have always been here", Fowler said. "You have to roll with the punches".

But it appeared to affect his focus as he also bogeyed the next, while Grace knocked in two birdies on the 12th and 13th holes to go into a one-shot lead.

Grace got up-and-down for par from short right of the 18th green, finishing at 15 under after a 2-under 69. His tee shot went into the lake left of the green, his chip went across the green into a bunker and he ended up with a bogey. Right after the round, Fowler was wiped out after the emotional roller coaster. "That was not fun".

Johnson, the American star ranked No. 3 in the world, birdied the final two holes at Royal Greens to reach 19-under 261.

Since 1983 no golfer had won an event after recording a double bogey and a triple bogey or worse in the final round.

England's Tom Lewis was third at 16 under after a 65.

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