Ways to Win: Rickie’s Rout

There is more than one way to win a golf tournament, Ways to Win will break down how the winner did it each week. 

Well if you listened to Johnny Miller this weekend, you would have thought Rickie won ugly, but sometimes its Thursday thru Saturday that wins a golf tournament. In fact, the recent string of victories by Speith, DJ, Hideki, and Justin Thomas have been victory marches on Sundays after blitzing the field early.

Rickie gained 13.5 strokes on the field in the first three days, allowing him to play conservatively down the stretch and still win by 4 strokes on the difficult PGA National.

Fowler clearly putted well, accounting for more than half of his total strokes gained. In fact, Fowler was 57 for 57 on putts inside 7 feet for the week, without a 3 putt. However, just as important is when things got tight in the final round, his putter bailed him out with a 38′ putt on 12 and a 23′ putt on 13 giving him the room he needed to relax the rest of the way.

So was Johnny right? Did Rickie choke to a finish?

Rickie did what he needed to, but he certainly struggled with ball striking down the stretch, leaning on his putter to propel him to victory. It’s hard to win a golf tournament and with a history of 54 hole collapses it can be even harder. Rickie’s solid putting got him over the hurdle and perhaps is something he can build on the next time he finds himself in the position of defending a lead.

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