New Zealand Golf Magazine

Ricky Fowler found

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himself in a rare bit of trouble on the final hole at TPC Sawgrass on day three at The Players Championsh­ip.

The American sent his shot wide off the 18th tee to the right. But it wasn't caught in the bushes, or up against a tree — Fowler located his ball in the tree, sitting atop some Spanish moss on a branch, several metres off the ground. A 9-year-old boy in the gallery, Max Latimore, climbed the tree to retrieve Fowler's ball. According to reports from those nearby, the boy was cheered by the crowd upon recovering the ball.

Fowler was able to take a drop nearby, but unfortunat­ely couldn't rescue the hole. He finished with a double bogey to end his third round at even par overall leading into the final day's play.

In a classy move by the world no.9, Latimore was rewarded for his help, and given the ball as a souvenir as well as a couple of autographs from Fowler.

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