Quicken Loans: Tiger Woods’s deficiency is felt; Rickie Fowler creates a final-round charge


Tiger Woods, during a Quicken Loans National golf contest in 2016. He is absent this summer. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

The Quicken Loans National finished on Sunday, and, as expected, contest horde Tiger Woods did not make an entrance during TPC Potomac during Avenel Farm. Woods is undergoing diagnosis for handling his pain remedy after he was arrested for pushing underneath a change in Florida on May 29. Rick Singer, a CEO of Woods’s foundation, expelled a matter final week observant Woods would not attend a eventuality yet would stay in hold with a contest and accept updates.

Woods has hosted a Quicken Loans National given 2007, and it advantages his foundation. He has usually played in it twice given 2012. He was there final year yet didn’t play; instead he presented a prize to champion Billy Hurley III.

Fans during this year’s eventuality had churned reactions about his absence.

“It doesn’t seem finish with him not here,” pronounced Kelsey Karlin, 29, a patron use deputy from Frederick.

Fans and spectators have still shown adult to TPC Potomac, even yet Woods isn’t there.

“I unequivocally suffer entrance to these tournaments, saying how good these guys are,” pronounced Steve Harmin, 52, a program operative from Arlington. Harmin pronounced it’s a large understanding that Woods isn’t here, “but we theory to me, golf is bigger than a celebrity.”

Others, however, beheld a difference. Brett Eaton, an operations manager from York, Pa., stood nearby a tee box during a initial hole and common an regard from a Players Championship during TPC Sawgrass in 2015. Woods didn’t play well, Eaton recalled, yet some holes were filled with spectators, infrequently adult to 7 rows of them. But as Eaton stood during a initial tee box, there weren’t many people there.

“He’s a categorical draw, even if he’s not personification well,” pronounced Eaton, 29. “There are incomparable crowds, a energy, everything.”

He remembered how chaotic a Players Championship was in 2015, when Woods finished tied for 69th with a 3-over-par 72 for a tournament.

“It was crazy,” he said. “Twenty percent of a people followed Tiger, and he didn’t even play that well.”

Charles Young, a 19-year-old tyro during University of Maryland, has played golf given facile school. He’s perplexing to travel on for a Terrapins. He feels Woods’s absence, generally since Woods was his favorite golfer flourishing up. He remembers how most fun it was examination Woods from 2005 to 2008.

“Just saying those 3 years, and being African American, it was special,” Young said.

So what’s a disproportion now?

“Let’s contend this hole right here,” Young said, indicating during a No. 9 green, with about 30 people. “If he was there, there would be approach some-more people and they would be so quiet. Everyone would be so focused on him, since he carries a lot of weight.”

Fowler creates a charge

Rickie Fowler had a good start on Sunday, creation a peppery assign to a follow a leaders in a final round, and falling a career-high 9 birdies. He shot 5-under-par 65 on Sunday, totaling 5-under-par 275 for a tournament. He finished tied for third, behind Charles Howell III and personality Kyle Stanley.

He started a day during even-par 210 and was 7 behind a lead. With a swarming gallery examination his each move, he racked adult 7 birdies by 13 holes — 4 true from holes 7 by 10. He strike a 21-footer for birdie on a par-4 eighth hole.

“I consider he usually strike his manacles softened today,” pronounced his caddie, Joe Skovron. “Then he had that assertive mentality, he was 7 down to start a day, and he was assertive with his irons.”

His sorcery quickly finished when he bogeyed 11 after blazing a right corner on a 5-footer for par. But he gained it behind on 12 and 13, with birdies for a sum of 5 underneath by 13. At a time, Fowler’s birdie on 13 left him usually one cadence behind of a leader, Curtis Luck.

But in a back-and-forth afternoon, Fowler couldn’t collect himself on 14, with a double bogey. It sent Fowler behind down a personality board, 3 underneath by 14 holes and tied for 10th. There were 7 double bogeys or worse on 14 via a tournament. David Lingmerth, who sat alone atop a personality house on Sunday morning, struggled by his initial 6 holes, bogeying two.

“My idea was to go out and fire 62, which, if we birdie 14 and tighten a approach we did, that was a series we had in mind,” Fowler said.

He birdied 16 and 18 to tighten out his round.

Fowler shot an even standard on Friday, 2 over standard on Saturday and 2 underneath standard on Sunday. Saturday, Fowler pronounced a biggest thing he had to do on Sunday was strike a fairway, a onslaught other golfers had griped about during a march of a week.

“A integrate bad swings cost me a few shots,” Fowler said, “but a good weekend altogether sharpened 2 underneath yesterday when a march was still firm.”

Watney shoots best turn of tournament 
Nick Watney, who won a 2011 Quicken Loans National, played his best turn this contest on Sunday, sharpened 6-under standard 64. It was a best measure all week. He finished with a three-under-par 277 for a tournament.

On Sunday, he had 7 birdies, 3 true on holes 1 through 3, before bogeying 4.

“I played good and a week usually kind of came together,” pronounced Watney, 36. “Every day we had finished some good things and hadn’t scored as good as we would like, yet did a lot of good things today.”

Watney pronounced he felt like a alleviation to his diversion had been entrance and he did a lot of small things to “mess up” his rounds. Being a former champion of a event, Watney pronounced it was good to finally be means to play good during this tournament.

Coming into a event, Watney was ranked 117th in a FedExCup standings. With his finish on Sunday, he will get a large strike in points.

“Yeah, we was on a medical during a start of a season,” Watney said. “I got that taken caring of, yet apparently we wish to play as prolonged as we can in a playoffs and stuff. So good to have a good week. I’ve been creation a lot of cuts yet finishing good back, so this week, good small strike and afterwards hopefully lift this movement forward.”

Watney softened immensely in his putting diversion on Sunday, and he gives credit to his caddie for seeing a slight smirch in his technique. Watney was entrance adult and out of his putts a small bit, causing a slight problem.

So how did he repair it? Practice.

“So yesterday we usually strike putts for about 10 mins following and we was perplexing to watch a round until we strike it with a putter,” Watney said. “It’s unequivocally that simple; that’s all we was perplexing to concentration on today.”

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