AUGUSTA, Ga. – Rather than move up the leaderboard late Sunday at Augusta National, Rickie Fowler moved one spot up on the list of greatest golfers to have never won a major.
One off the lead at 5 under and paired with fellow 20-something phenom Jordan Spieth in the second-to-last group, Rickie Fowler had a great opportunity to slip on the green jacket and out of the aforementioned discussion. For Fowler, the wait will continue.
The day ultimately belonged to the veterans. Fowler and Spieth fizzled down the stretch, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose pulled away and the 37-year-old Garcia finally captured his first major, in a playoff.
“It would have been nice to swing a little better, like I have been,” Fowler said. “Bogeying the last three holes didn’t help and those could have easily been pars. And I didn’t make anything today. I didn’t make the putts.”
Fowler got off to a fine start with birdie at No. 3 to get to 6 under but bogeyed Nos. 4 and 5, his first bogey on either hole this week.
He got back to even par on the round and 5 under for the tournament with a birdie at the par-5 eighth, lofting a wedge in blind from behind a massive greenside mound to…