A terrific round by Rickie Fowler on Sunday left the former Oklahoma State golfer in solo second place at the conclusion of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
Fowler started the day at 9 under, five strokes behind Patrick Reed. On Sunday, Fowler got off to a slow start, posting a modest 1-under-par 35 on the front nine.
But the back nine brought a charge, as Fowler birdied 12, 13 and 15 and found himself two strokes back heading to the 18th hole. Fowler birdied that one, too, to shoot 67 on the final day and post the clubhouse lead at 14 under, one shot ahead of another former Big 12 golfer Jordan Spieth. He needed Reed to bogey to force a playoff, but Reed sank a 3-foot putt for par to win by one stroke.
Still, this was a great week for Fowler. This is the highest finish at the Masters in his career and tied for his best finish at any major. He famously still has not won one of golf’s Grand Slam events yet, but if he keeps playing like this, he’ll be a major champion soon enough.