On Monday, Ricky Fowler made a resounding case for his ability to stay the course. The TPC Boston course that is. Overlooked no more, Fowler won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Labor Day after Henrik Stenson made what was a fatal error at the par 3 16th hole. Fowler hung around the top of the leaderboard Sunday in spite of missing every fairway on his first nine holes. His erratic driver didn’t rattle him as he fired a third round 67 and was one shot behind Henrik Stenson going into Monday’s holiday final round.
The fourth round saw Fowler and Stenson see-saw back and forth for the lead after Ricky’s eagle at the par 5 second hole. Both players struggled with the heat hardened crusty greens at TPC Boston.
At the 16th hole Fowler’s patience and tenacity paid off as Stenson miss clubbed his tee shot and found the water. “I pulled the wrong club on 16, and was trying to get the most out of a 7 iron into the wind,” said Stenson, who shot 70. “That was the crucial mistake, making double there was really a killer.” Fowler would finish with a 68 for a 15 under par 269 to win the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship by one shot over Stenson.
Back in May, Fowler had shrugged off the sting of a poll of his peers in Sports Illustrated that found him the most overrated player on the PGA Tour by winning the Players Championship. Ricky played the final four holes at TPC Sawgrass in a phenomenal 5 under. It was something no one had ever done at any venue since such records began being kept in 1983.
The DBC victory moves Fowler to third position in the FedExCup standings and guarantees he will be in the all-important top 5 going into the season-finale at East Lake. That means if he were to win there, he would win the FedExCup and the $10 million that goes with it.