American Rickie Fowler captured his first career title in the Korea Open, leaving behind U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy in a spectacular six-shot victory. The 23-year-old golfer finished with a 3-under-par 68, making it a total of 16-under 268 with the results registered in the previous three rounds.
World No. 3 McIlroy came in second after a brilliant final round of seven-under 64, with South Koreans Kim Meen-whee and Y.E. Yang finishing third and fourth.
The secret of Fowler’s victorious performance was his consistency. The Californian retained his top spot on the leaderboard for the entire four days and claimed his rightful victory at the end. Now that he has a career title under his belt, Fowler will focus on winning a PGA event and a spot on the Ryder Cup squad next year.
Ricky’s performance has been solid since he joined the PGA Tour last year when he won the Rookie of the Year award and made seven top 10 finishes. And so far this year, he made the cut in 19 out of 23 events and recorded eleven top 25 finishes, almost snatching a win at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Northern Irishman McIlroy felt like Fowler deserved the win, though he said that if his third round would have been a little better, he might have claimed the title. Anyway, Rory is still enthusiastic about the end of this season. The golfer hopes to win two or even three out of the season-ending golf tournaments including the Hong Kong Open, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and the Dubai World Championship.