At the 10th anniversary of the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend at Quail Hollow, Rickie 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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