Rickie Fowler has won his first ever professional golf title after cruising to a six stroke victory in the Korea Open.
Fowler easily disposed of his nearest challenger Rory McIlroy at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club finishing with a three under par 68, bringing his overall score to a 16 under.
“It was a lot of fun. I played well early on in the final round and then I was comfortable over the last few holes. Overall, I enjoyed the whole week,” he said.
Aged just 22 Fowler is touted as one of the hottest prospects in the golfing world thanks largely to his aggressive style and marketable appearance.
That being said he still needs to win tournaments and the Korea Open showed just what he can do.
“It feels great to have the first win,” Fowler said.
“I played well all week, although I did have to hang in on Friday and post a score. But on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday I had good control of my ball, I drove well and I made some putts.”
It was a post to post victory for the American who showed remarkable concentration across all four days.
“I’m happy with the way I have played on the PGA Tour, but I have never shot low enough to win,” he said.
“This week I played well for four rounds which I have not been able to do in the past.”
As he looks forward to next year he’s not making any bold predictions however he he’s pinpointed the PGA Tour and the Ryder Cup as his ultimate aims.
“I am looking forward to some time off and then I can look at everything and set some goals for next year. I will play mainly on the PGA Tour next year and I would like to get my first win there, and this win will definitely help me achieve that.
“I also haven’t made the Tour Championship in the last two years, so that is another goal for next year. But the biggest goal is to make sure I make the Ryder Cup team.”
For Rory McIlroy who has ambitions of claiming the world number one title next year it was another consistent performance, a few bad shots letting down an otherwise solid round.
“All the damage was done during the third round with a couple of bad holes in the middle of the round,” he said.
“Looking back on this week, I will rue my third round, which could have been a lot better.
“If I had played a little better and shot a few under I might have had a chance, but Rickie has played fantastic this week and he deserves the win.”
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