Fowler feels the sting of yet another major close call

Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:20pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - Rickie Fowler achieved the rare feat of top-five finishes at all four majors this year but Sunday's tie for third at the PGA Championship was the one that stung the most.

The 25-year-old Californian, who has triumphed just once on the PGA Tour, was hunting his first victory on golf's biggest stage and for much of the final round at Valhalla Golf Club he was perched atop the leaderboard.

Three times over the first 10 holes he seized the outright lead before being caught by the chasing pack.

A bogey at the par-three 14th, where he missed the green badly to the right off the tee, ultimately cost him a shot at the title.

"This is probably the one that hurts the most for me with the majors this year," Fowler told reporters after signing off with a three-under-par 68 on a rain-soaked Valhalla layout where birdies were plentiful.

"The first three (majors) were a lot of fun obviously, to be in great positions and to get great finishes. This one I felt like I could go out today and win it. I put myself in a good position.

"The back nine wasn't what I was wanting but still, to look back on the year, it was pretty awesome through the majors and something I can be proud of."


Rickie Fowler of the U.S. hits off the 8th tee during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder