Rickie Fowler blitzed through the back nine in the third round of this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic to lead the field by one stroke heading into today’s final round. Managing to score six birdies in his final eight holes, Fowler will be aiming to win his first PGA title since winning the Phoenix Open back in 2019. Check here the 2023 Rocket Mortgage R3 Highlights.
Fowler’s hot form continues, Pendrith and Hadwin lead chasing pack
Rewind to just over a year ago and Rickie Fowler was one of the most high-profile names to miss out on qualifying for the season-ending FedEx Playoffs. Ranked way outside the top 100, many were left wondering whether Fowler would be able to return to the upper echelons of the game.
Fast forward to the present day, and it’s Fowler who is the PGA Tour’s hottest player. Heading into this week with three top-ten finishes in his last four starts, Fowler has continued his red-hot form and has given himself another opportunity of ending his four-year PGA title drought.
After keeping pace with the leaders through the front nine, Fowler surged up the leaderboard with a stunning back nine which included six birdies in his closing eight holes.
Leading by one stroke heading into today’s final round, he will be confident of converting his lead into a victory but will need to keep his red-hot birdie form going if he is to fend off his nearest rivals.
Saturday marked Canada Day and it’s fitting that on Canada’s national day, it’s two Canadians who are Fowler’s nearest rivals.
Taylor Pendrith headed into the third round sharing the lead and he was able to keep pace with those at the top with a steady round of 67. He will start today two strokes behind.
Pendrith’s countryman Adam Hadwin was one of the biggest movers of the day thanks to a brilliant 63 and he will tee off in today’s final group just one shot behind Fowler.
Collin Morikawa has just dropped one shot all week and is currently four off the lead. Looking to win his first tournament since 2021, his chances can’t be discounted.
Heading into today’s final round holding a one-stroke lead, Rickie Fowler is the current favorite for victory.
Today will mark the eleventh time that Fowler will tee off in the final round of a PGA event but worryingly for the American, he has only converted two of these final group showings into wins. He will need to play well to keep the chasing pack at bay.
Adam Hadwin starts today in second place one place behind Fowler. Hadwin has one PGA title to his name which came in the 2017 Valspar Championship. Hadwin hasn’t posted a top-ten finish yet this season but has shown great form this week and didn’t drop a shot yesterday. Playing well, he certainly looks to have a good chance today.
Taylor Pendrith rounds out the top three in the betting and the big Canadian is searching for his first-ever PGA title. It’s been a largely frustrating year for Pendrith who has just one top-ten finish. Not known for his winning pedigree, it will be fascinating to see how he handles the pressure and occasion today.
Aaron Rai has been positioned near the top of the leaderboard for the majority of this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. Three shots off the lead, Rai has a mixed year but did finish in a tie for third at the Canadian Open just a few weeks ago. Clearly playing well he could be a decent value shout today.
Of those needing to make up ground today, Collin Morikawa rates as the biggest threat. A two-time major champion, things haven’t quite clicked for the American over the last season or two. Without a victory in almost two years, Morikawa will be desperate for that dismal record to change today.
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