With a two-stroke lead and two to go, social mediasphere was celebrating the Big Four's official arrival.
One hole at a time, millennials. It's an old saying.
Rickie Fowler's adrenaline-fueled power added to the legend when he hit a perfect cut right through the par-4 17th green and into the hazard. For a change, Rickie's ability to drive 360 yards under pressure proved less-than-handy, and the Waste Management Open title was up for grabs. The huge crowds got the drama they craved, just not the dream winner, as John Strege notes.
Slow poke Hideki Matsuyama eventually won a three-hole playoff, but it'll be the Big Four deprivation and 17th hole that are this week's big takeaways.
First, the shocking tee shot (shocking in club selection and power):
Fowler was shocked by the distance of the shot, not but the club selection. From Brian Wacker's game story:
“Usually don't expect it to hit on the downslope and then go 360,” he said. “So that was a bit unfortunate. I hit it right on line, hit it exactly where I was looking. That's kind of the unfortunate part, to hit the shots that I did and to pull them off, and then it kind of backfired there.”
Rickie got emotional about losing the lead:
The official highlights: