American Fowler claims dramatic Phoenix Open victory

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Fowler called the final round in Scottsdale a "rollercoaster" Waste Management Phoenix Open, last leaderboard-17 R Fowler (USA); -15 B Grace (SA); -14 J Thomas (US); -12 C Reavie (USA), M Kuchar (USA), B Watson (USA) Other selected: -10 R Knox (Sco), J Rahm (Spa); -9 T Hatton (Eng); -7 M Laird (Sco) Full leaderboard

American Rickie Fowler lost in a bizarre way a lead of four shots at the Phoenix Open but recovered to win the event.

A Fowler chip on the 11th entered the water and he took a dropshot, who also rolled back in the danger of forcing him to take another drop.

He found the green and putted in for a triple bogey seven but also left a shot on the 12th.

Brandenis of South Africa briefly led before Fowler birdied the 15th and 17th on the way to victory.

Fowler, 30, finished 17 under after a three-over-par final round of 74, while Grace ended on 15 under after a two-under-69 on the last day.

"It was a bit of a roller coaster," Fowler said. "Unlike two holes, it was a good round.

" It was a bad break when the ball rolled back into the water.

"That's what's nice about having a pillow after the first 54 holes."

Fowler survives character test

Fowler entered the dramatic 11th at a rainy Scottsdale with his quadruple overnight stay intact.

However, when he tried a rectilinear pitch, his ball slipped through the green, almost missing a bunker before he rolled into the water.

He took a drop and walked to the edge of the green to view the shot, only to look back and see his ball roll back into the water.

Fowler was forced to take another drop – which cost him a new shot – and after he left himself a test putt, he managed to bring a triple bogey to a record seven.

But it seemed to influence his focus while also bogeyed the next, while Grace in tw o birds on the 12th and 13th holes to go in a one-shot lead

Fowler birdied the 15th when both players were 16 below the end of the last street.

There was a two – swing in favor of Fowler when Grace hit his ride in the water at 17, which led to a bogey five, while the American birdied the same hole, before a par on the 18th victory.

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