CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rickie Fowler is finally a winner on the PGA Tour.

Fowler, billed as one of the rising American stars, delivered a clutch shot on the 18th hole in a playoff for a four-foot birdie to beat U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points on Sunday in the Wells Fargo Championship.

The 23-year-old Fowler won in his 67th PGA Tour start as a pro. He already has become one of the most popular players, especially with the kids. Dressed in his Sunday orange, he closed with a 3-under 69 and got into a playoff at Quail Hollow when Points made his first bogey of the final round on the last hole.

Fowler's only other pro win was last year in South Korea.

European Tour

SEVILLE, Spain - Francesco Molinari shot a 7-under 65 to win the Spanish Open by 3 strokes, the first Italian to capture the event.

Molinari finished at 8-under 280 on the Real de Golf de Sevilla course, in the 100th edition of the tournament, for his third victory on the tour. He entered the final round 4 strokes behind leader Simon Dyson of England, who shot a 76 and tied for 12th place.

Molinari was followed by Spaniards Pablo Larrazabal (71) and Alejandro Canizares (69) and Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen (69).


RIO DE JANEIRO - Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand shot a 6-under 67 to win the Brazil Cup, 4 shots ahead of Amy Hung of Taiwan.

Phatlum had six birdies and no bogeys to finish 13-under for the tournament at the Itanhanga Golf Club in Rio de Janeiro. Five of her birdies came on the front nine.

Paula Creamer eagled the par-5 ninth hole, but gave it back with two bogeys on the back nine to shoot 69 and finish at 8-under for the tournament, tied for third.