Golf: Rickie Fowler clinches title, Tiger Woods happy with return

Dec 05, 2017, 06:12 IST | V Krishnaswamy

It was fitting that Rickie Fowler rallied to win the Hero World Challenge on Sunda

It was fitting that Rickie Fowler rallied to win the Hero World Challenge on Sunday. Tiger Woods has often mentioned Fowler's name among youngsters, who have encouraged and practiced with him to make a strong comeback. So it was just right that Fowler won Wood's cherished event. On Sunday, when golf fans would have loved a golfer in red, stride the 18th fairway to complete a win, they were served with an equally pleasing sight of a younger man clad in his trademark flaming orange blaze the Albany golf course with eight birdies, seven on the first seven holes, en route to a record 11-under 61.

American golfer Rickie Fowler with the winner's trophy on Sunday. Pic/AFP
American golfer Rickie Fowler with the winner's trophy on Sunday. Pic/AFP

That saw Fowler race from seven behind third round leader Charley Hoffman (72) to four ahead and win comfortably. Fowler's show earned him the Hero World Challenge Trophy from Pawan Munjal, Chairman, President and CEO of Hero MotoCorp. Even though the tournament featured 17 players inside World's Top-32 and eight from World's Top-10, the focus was on Woods. And he was smiling at the return. "I was still a little scratchy with my irons, drove it pretty good all week, made some good putts. Overall I'm very pleased. I showed some good signs. I'm ready for a bright future," Woods said.

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