World No. 14 Rickie Fowler fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to wrap up his ninth appearance on 15-under 269, up 12 places on the live leaderboard to solo 5th, and ties the low lap of the day thus far with 72-hole clubhouse leader Louis Oosthuizen. UPDATE: Fowler finished in a two-way T4, two shots out of a 2-man playoff involving defending champ Hideki Matsuyama and Webb Simpson, who shot the day's low round with 64.
The two-time WMPO runner-up, including a gut-wrenching sudden-death loss last year, began the final frame on 9-under (T17), seven back of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An. Last year, he was T2 thru 54 holes --with eventual champ Hideki Matsuyama-- ultimately losing to him in a 2-man 4-hole playoff. The 28-year-old, bogey-free over his final 44 holes, split 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted all 18 greens in regulation, posting 1.778 putts per GIR and 1.326 SG: Putting. He circled six birdies, including four in his final six holes, highlighted by his long of the day at the raucous par-3 16th (from 22'9"). This is Fowler's third start of the season and will be his second top 10, joining a T6 at the no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions. Feb 5 - 4:50 PM