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  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Fowler Wins First Career PGA Tour Title at 2012 Wells Fargo Championship

    07 May 2012

    At the 10th anniversary of the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend at Quail HollowRickie Fowler finished with a 3-under 69 to beat both Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in a three-way playoff for his first PGA Tour win. Fowler hit his approach shot on the first playoff hole to 4 feet, setting up the short birdie putt that he made to earn the title. 

    The win came in his 67th pro start and put him into the #15 spot in the latest FedExCup standings, just two below Tiger Woods who missed the cut this weekend. 

    Fowler, McIlroy and Points finished tied at 14-under 274 after 72 holes of the Wells Fargo Championship, going into the playoff. McIlroy finished the tournament with a 2-under 70, while Points finished with a 1-under 71. 

    There is now talk of a growing rivalry between the two young golfers, but McIlroy still has a couple extra years of experience as a pro over Fowler. However even with the extra years under his belt, McIlroy says of Fowler, "I think it was just a matter of time before he won." If there is going to be a growing rivalry, it will be fun to watch!

    Hometown favorite Webb Simpson, who lives a mile from Quail Hollow, missed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have put him in the playoff, leaving him with a 73 to finish alone in fourth place.

    Though he finished tied for second in the tournament, McIlroy did have a victory of his own: reclaiming the #1 spot in the official world golf ranking

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    Photo credit: PGA

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