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Fowler makes statement with Abu Dhabi victory

Final Round – European Tour – Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship – Abu Dhabi

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

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Rickie Fowler made an early-season statement in golf capturing the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi Golf HSBC Championship by outplaying headliners Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

Fowler, who entered the week No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, chipped in for birdie on the 71st hole for his lone back-nine birdie. At 16-under overall, Fowler edged Thomas Pieters by a shot.

The 27-year-old Fowler shot 69 in the final round and finished first in par-5 scoring for the week. It marked his second European Tour victory in as many seasons winning the Scottish Open in 2015.

McIlroy was charging at the end to finish 14-under and two back at T-3 alongside Henrik Stenson, who making his first start since knee surgery. At 11-under and T-5 was a host of high-profile players including Spieth, Brendan Grace and Byeong-Hun An.

europeantourlogo15On Monday, Fowler will move back into the Top 5 and perhaps past both Bubba Watson and Stenson to No. 4 behind Spieth, Jason Day and Rory.

Fowler opened the week as a 12-to-1 betting pick at www.golfoods.com. He certainly sets his sights now on The Masters in April where he was once a 22-1 pick and then down to 15-1 a few weeks ago in Las Vegas. Now, he might be single digits.

Other Golf news:

  • Jason Dufner (the 2013 PGA champion) heads into the final round of the PGA PGA TOURTour’s CareerBuilder Challenge with a two-shot advantage. Dufner (23-under) is two ahead of Jamie Lovemark and three up on Adam Hadwin. Duf has made it look easy this week (64-65-64) especially with the flat stick.
  • Duffy Waldorf (18-under) beat Tom Lehman by a shot at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour. Duffy won for the second since on tour capturing his first win in November. Davis Love III was 15-under and alone in third.
  • Robert Allenby made his 10th career hole-in-one on the PGA Tour this week. He did it Friday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It ties him with Hal Sutton for the most all time on the PGA Tour.
  • Farmers Insurance OpenThe PGA Tour moves to San Diego area for the Farmers Insurance Open next week at famed Torrey Pines. Jason Day is the defending champion.