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Rickie Fowler Gets First Professional Win



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The long wait is over, Rickie Fowler finally got his first PGA professional win on Sunday. Well actually I think it was still Saturday here technically since he was playing in Korea. He was allotted $249,864 for his efforts plus he got a green jacket…just not the right one.

Fowler had previously come up short on the PGA Tour, finishing second in the 2009 Open, the 2010 Memorial, the 2010 Waste Management Open (possibly the worst name for a golf tournament/bowl in the history of corporate naming rights), and the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational.

The young Cowboy dropped a course-record 63 on Saturday in Korea, littered with eight birdies, to get to -13, four shots ahead of Tiger-killer (that’s Tiger Woods, not a crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon reference), YE Yang.

He followed that up with a 68 on Sunday to finish six clear of the runner-up, an Irishman you may have heard of named Rory McIlroy. The U.S. Open winner had this to say about Fowler:

Looking back on this week, I will rue my third round, which could have been a lot better.

If I had played a little better and shot a few under I might have had a chance, but Rickie has played fantastic this week and he deserves the win.

If you imagine him saying it with a Boondock Saints-like accent it sounds even cooler.

Fowler was more business-like with his statement:

I’m happy with the way I have played on the PGA Tour, but I have never shot low enough to win. This week I played well for four rounds which I have not been able to do in the past.

Although this tweet was probably more indicative of how he felt:

Hopefully this win across the pond (across multiple ponds?) can kickstart Big Rick’s 2012 PGA season and help push him towards qualifying for the Ryder Cup team next year.

Editor’s note: Strangely, Kim Jong-il once shot a 38 on the same course this tournament was played on. Our people reached out but he was unavailable for comment.

Sources (ESPN L.A., Reuters, Inside Ireland)

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