Fowler makes it easy in Honda Classic win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DOUG FER­GU­SON

PALM BEACH GAR­DENS, FLA. — Rickie Fowler made it in­ter­est­ing Sun­day for as long as it took him to make two big putts to pull away in the Honda Classic golf tour­na­ment.

Staked to a four-shot lead, Fowler hit one putt into a sprin­kler hole, hit a tee shot into the wa­ter and watched a big lead shrink to one over Gary Wood­land early on the back nine. Fowler an­swered with con­sec­u­tive birdie putts of 40 and 25 feet and closed with a 1-over 71 for a four-shot vic­tory.

“If I don’t make those putts, I’ve got a pretty tight race,” Fowler said.

In­stead, those chas­ing him had the big­gest prob­lems with the clos­ing stretch at PGA Na­tional. Fowler ef­fec­tively ended it with a shot over the wa­ter to the three feet that stretched his lead to five shots with two holes to play. Wood­land ap­peared to have sec­ond place wrapped up un­til he three-putted the 17th, and then tried to lay up on the par-5 18th and came up short into the wa­ter. He closed with an­other bo­gey for a 69. He had to share sec­ond place, the dif­fer­ence of $128,000, with Mor­gan Hoff­mann, who missed a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Graham DeLaet (70) of Wey­burn, Sask., fin­ished in 10th place at 6 un­der.

David Hearn (73) of Brant­ford tied for 43rd and Macken­zie Hughes (75) of Dun­das tied for 66th.

Rickie Fowler

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