Fowler wins with sizzling 61

04 December 2017 20:51:57 GMTPlus11

Rickie Fowler admitted he thought about shooting a 59 before wrapping up a brilliant victory in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas with an 11-under-par 61.

The American started the day seven shots behind 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman, but came flying out of the gates with seven straight birdies.

He kept his foot to the gas with further birdies at 9, 11, 13 and 15 and needed two more in his final three holes to shoot golf's magic number.

He couldn't find them, but his Sunday heroics took him to 18-under 270 and secured a four-shot win over Hoffman, with England's Tommy Fleetwood and Open champion Jordan Spieth sharing third spot on 12-under, six back.

Tiger Woods completed a hugely promising comeback to golf with a final-round 68 to finish tied for ninth in the elite 18-man field.

"It was pretty special," said Fowler.

"Obviously I knew I needed to get off to a hot start today to give myself a chance, and Charley's been playing some solid golf and I wasn't expecting him to come back to me, I knew I was going to have to go out and get him.

"Like I said, get off to a decent start and at least show my face a little bit. I wasn't expecting seven out of the gate, but I'll take it.

"This is a nice way to go into Christmas."

As for shooting a sub-60 round, Fowler admitted: "I knew when I got in there on 13, I knew if I made that putt that 59 was a chance because 14 and 15 ahead are birdie holes.

"The biggest thing is I just kept telling myself, stay in the moment, keep focusing on each shot, don't get ahead of yourself."

Fowler is 21.00 to win the 2018 Masters and 17.00 to triumph at next year's Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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