RICKIE FOWLER finally picked up his first PGA Tour win Sunday in what might be the start of a rivalry for years to come.
Fowler brought style and substance to a sudden-death playoff at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., and delivered a clutch shot - a wedge into 4 feet to birdie the 18th hole and win the Wells Fargo Championship over U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points.
Fowler earned $1.17 million and best of all, achieved his primary goal of winning on the PGA Tour.
The 23-year-old Fowler has been talked about as the next American star since he turned pro with his flashy colors and all-orange outfit on Sunday, his trademark. Now he has a trophy to back up the hype, coming in his 67th start as a pro on the PGA Tour.
And he beat the 23-year-old McIlroy to do it.
"I'm looking forward to playing with Rory for a long time," said Flower, who closed with a 3-under 69. "It's awesome. It's a long wait, but well worth it."
McIlroy established himself on the same green 2 years ago, a 20-year-old who closed out a record 62 by making a 40-foot putt. This time, it was Fowler's turn.
Along for the ride was Points, a 35-year-old who had the tournament in his grasp until ending 40 straight holes without a bogey by making one at the worst time. He had a one-shot lead going to the 18th in regulation, hit his approach in a bunker and never came close to a par.
McIlroy had a shot at winning in regulation but missed a 15-foot birdie putt.
In other tournaments *
At The Woodlands, Texas, Fred Funk birdied the final hole to edge Tom Lehman and win the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship.
Tied with one hole left, Funk hit his approach on No. 18 to 2 feet. Lehman missed his birdie putt, and Funk tapped in for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour first since 2010. He finished with a 5-under 67 for a 14-under 202 total.
* At Rio de Janeiro, Pornanong Phatlum, of Thailand, shot a final-round 67 to finish at 13-under 133 and win the LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup, four shots ahead of Amy Hung, of Taiwan.
* At Seville, Spain, Francesco Molinari shot a 7-under 65 to win the Spanish Open, the first Italian to capture the European Tour event.
Molinari finished at 8-under 280 in winning on the tour for the third time.