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May 2-5


Quail Hollow Club (Par 72/7,492 yards) Charlotte, North Carolina


WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP


Victories 10 different


Most 10


players have won this tournament in 10 years.


RICKIE FOWLER HAS A FLAIR for the dramatic so it’s only fitting that his first PGA TOUR victory came in a most dramatic fashion. The 23-year-old Fowler beat Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points with a birdie on the first hole of their playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Fowler set up his birdie by hitting a 51-degree wedge stiff to a tight pin placement on the par-4 18th, a hole that had only given up four birdies all day. “I didn’t want to play it safe,” Fowler said. “I had a good number (133 yards), and I was aiming right of the hole with the wind coming out of the right, and if I hit a perfect shot, it comes down right on the stick. I hit a perfect shot at


the right time, and I was going for it. It was a little bit of a gamble.” That McIlroy, also 23, watched it up close


“It’s a good feeling right now. Definitely


some relief and satisfaction. I’m definitely happy. It’s not a bad thing, winning. It’s kind of fun.” – Rickie Fowler


and personal meant a lot to Fowler. “I’m looking forward to playing with Rory for a long time,” said Fowler, who closed with a 3-under 69. “It’s awesome. It’s a long wait, but well worth it.”


For his part, McIlroy was impressed. “You wouldn’t call the 18th today a birdie hole with that pin,” McIlroy said. “For Rickie to go out and play that hole the way he did, he deserved to win.”


Rickie Fowler hit a perfect shot at the right time and went for victory.


POINTS MADE A MISTAKE AT THE WRONG TIME For much of the day it looked like the tournament belonged to Points, who must have felt positively ancient at age 35. He had gone 40 holes without a bogey and came to the 18th with a one-stroke lead. But he hit his approach into a greenside bunker and failed


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